English 101 Topic: Othello

Write a thoughtful, coherent, interesting two page essay—five paragraphs–on one
of the questions in this unit. Focus on something very specific, state clear ideas,
arrange them in a meaningful order, support them with appropriate details
(including quotations from text), and edit carefully for standard grammar and
mechanics. Remember that you can often improve a paper by revising it, clarifying
ideas, adding details, sometimes rearranging parts. After you have written the essay,
provide it with a suitable title. Do not forget to format the paper according to MLA
rules and conventions with a Works Cited page. Check samples at the end of the
document. If you were to need details of MLA citation for Shakespeare please refer
to The Writer’s Reference L21-22, which is to be found in the Writing about
Literature section.
Use the topic given to craft a thesis statement and a structure for your essay.
Further details are provided in the second document.
Do not use the words “I”, “you”, “me”, “your”, “we”, “us”, “one” or “reader”.
1. Which female character in Othello is inspiring? Which female character is most
practical? Analyze your favorite female in Othello without using personal pronouns.
2. Does Iago have a motive or motives for his hatred of Othello? S.T. Coleridge has
stated that Iago is a case of “motive-hunting of motiveless malignity”. Justify
Coleridge’s remark with reference to Iago’s character

Examples for in-text quotations and citations: 
1. Othello tries to justify his cruel action in his soliloquy: “It is the cause, it is the
cause, my soul. / Let me not name it to you, you chaste stars” (5.2.2).
2. Othello says, “Keep up your bright swords for the dew will rust / them” when he
meets Barbantio and his men outside the Sagittary inn. (1.2.59-60)
Work Cited
Shakespeare, William. Othello, the Moor of Venice. Rpt. In Greg Johnson and Thomas R.
Arp. Perrine’s Literature: Structure, Sound and Sense. 13th ed. Boston:
Wadsworth, 2017. Print.

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