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Othello (1604) | Written by: William Shakespeare | Published by: Dover Thrift
Thug Notes Summary & Analysis
Yo what it is? This week haters gonna hate with Othello by William Shakespeare.
One day soulja boy Iago kickin it with some fool named Roderigo when Roddy all like “Say Iago, why didn’t you tell me my girl Desdemona gone and married Othello? You know I’ve been tryin to hit that.” Iago say “Man fu** Othello. He gave a bump to dat scrub Cassio when it should be me climbin the ranks. Plus, I ‘spectin Othello been freakin on my woman. So fool best watch hisself cuz I’m comin fo him.” Revenge, sucka!
When word come to Dessy’s pappi, he get all up in Othello’s bidness and say “Bitch did yo black-ass cast a spell on my daughter?” Othello like “Naw, blood. Ever since I told her bout all the sh** I’ve seen, she been ALL up on this.” Desdemona come in and sets daddy straight, and joins Othello and his homies to wreck that Turkish army that be rollin up on Cyprus.
Up in Cyprus, Iago tricks Othello’s number 2 man Cassio into throwin back a lil too much drank. When Othello see C-dawg actin a fool, he gives him the boot. But Iago ain’t done messin. He tell Cassio “Say bruh, you should hit up Desdemona and axe if she can get Othello to smoothe things over.”
But on the real, Iago playin dirty. He tell Othello he best watch his bitch cuz she might be gettin down with Cassio. Othello ain’t buyin it at first, but when Iago plants one of Desdemona’s hankerchiefs in Cassio’s crib, brutha start wonderin. And Othello get all turnt up when he sees Cassio goin on about some woman he playin, cuz Iago make Othello think C-money talkin dirty bout Desdemona. After dat, Othello say “Man I’m gonna ICE that BITCH. Iago. If you my man, you’ll merc Cassio.”
Not wanting to get his hands dirty, Iago convinces Roderigo to kill Cassio. Even though sh** goes sideways, Iago still comes out on top. Roderigo can’t snitch since Iago put his ass six feet deep, and Cassio got a gnarly cut.
Later, Othello rolls up on his woman, and straight chokes a bitch to death. When Iago’s biddy Emilia comes in, she like “WHAT THE fu**, OTHELLO?” Othello tell her what’s up, and Emilia immediately calls Iago out sayin he been lying his ass off. Iago like “bitch shut up!” And ENDS her. Knowin he got played, Othello stabs Iago and then ices himself before the po-po can put him away fo good.
Ain’t no doubt dat fool Iago does some dirty sh** up in this play. But as bad as he is, you can’t deny that brutha do his own thang- and with style.
Sparky reads quote: In following him I follow but myself. / Heaven is my judge, not I for love and duty, / But seeming so for my peculiar end.
/ For when my outward action doth demonstrate / The native act and figure of my heart / In compliment extern, ’tis not long after / But I will wear my heart upon my sleeve / For daws to peck at. I am not what I am.” (1.1.59-65)
Now if you bust open yo copy of Exodus and slide you bitch-ass to 3:14, you’ll see dat fool God saying something similar: “I am what I am.” Like the big G-man, Iago pullin all the strings up in this heezy. But also, it’s like Iago dun flipped dem holy words words on they ass. Cuz Iago take good things, flips em around, and makes em evil. In fact, that’s one of Iago’s main jams. That’s how he stir up dat beef between Dessy and Othello.
Sparky reads quote: And by how much she strives to do [Cassio] good / She shall undo her credit with the Moor. / So will I turn her virtue into pitch, / And out of her own goodness make the net / That shall enmesh them all.”
Now y’all playas know Willy S never play it straight, and he’s always blurrin dat line between good and bad. When Roderigo start goin off bout virtue, Iago all like:
“Virtue? A fig! ‘Tis in ourselves that we are thus or thus. Our bodies are our gardens, to the which our wills are gardeners” (1.3.316-17)
Now what Iago really sayin is all hustlas are gardens, and the only one saying what you gotta plant is yo-self. Not God or anybody else. You make yourself what you want to be.
Matter of fact, ol Willy got Iago tear down that holy jive all throughout this play.
Fo example, when Iago tryin to convince Othello that his woman gettin freak nasty with Cassio, Othello like “Hell naw B. I got faith my Biddy love me.”
But after showin him the hankerchief and lurin him to the convo between Cassio and Desdemona, Iago convince Othello “Man fu** faith. SEEING is believing, homeboy.” Too bad Othello don’t know what love is something you can’t see.
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