Topic Sentence: William Shakespeare’s Act 2 of Othello displays betrayal through the eyes of a doomed couple.
Supporting Ideas: Othello and Desdemona’s relationship brings upon many betrayals by even the closest of friends.
Explanation: Othello and Desdemona both arrive in Cyprus and they are informed that the Turkish ships have been sunk. Iago continues to develop his sinister plot to get revenge on Othello in Cyprus. He then convinces Roderigo that Cassio and Desdemona are having an affair. Iago purposefully gets Cassio drunk at a party to celebrate the Turks drowning, and a fight occurs between drunken Cassio and Iago’s minion Roderigo. Othello hears the fight from his room and takes away Cassio’s lieutenant ship, just as Iago had hoped. The next part of Iago’s plan is to take advantage of Desdemona’s kindness and use it to convince Othello that she is unfaithful.
Conclusion: Act 2 of Othello by William Shakespeare shows what is happening to a couple that is being betrayed and manipulated.
Topic Sentence: In Act 2 of Othello William Shakespeare, correctly portrays how a couple is betrayed because of jealousy and revenge.
Claim 1: Act 2 of Othello is all about Iago’s twisted plot of revenge against Othello because he is jealous of Cassio. The Turkish ships have all been wrecked, so, the people of Cyprus throw a party to celebrate! At this party, Iago is completely set upon stripping Cassio’s title and honor from him as an act of revenge, and also make himself look good and honorable at the same time. Iago has previous knowledge of Cassio’s bad reaction to alcohol, so naturally, he gets Cassio drunk. With the help of faithful Roderigo, Iago successfully puts Cassio in a drunken stupor that will end up costing him his reputation. After multiple drinks, Cassio finally attempts to return to his lieutenant position, “Let’s have no more of this, let’s to our affairs.—Forgive us our sins!—Gentlemen, let’s look to our business. Do not think, gentlemen, I am drunk. This is my ancient, this is my right hand, and this is my left. I am not drunk now. I can stand well enough, and I speak well enough.” (Shakespeare 2.3.114-119). Cassio is much more drunk than he originally thought, all because of Iago, and causes a cataclysm when he eventually attacks Roderigo and Montano. Iago purposefully got Cassio drunk because he knew Cassio would act this way due to his low tolerance for alcohol. Later on, Othello has no choice but to strip Cassio of his title because Cassio was supposed to be responsible. This is exactly how Iago wanted the evening to turn out, in his favor and upsetting to Othello.
Counterclaim: However, Cassio could have put himself in this situation. Iago meant no harm by offering Cassio a drink, he was simply happy and wanted to have a good time with his friend. Due to the sinking of the Turkish fleet there is a celebration going on in Cyprus. Everyone at the party was drinking and making merry, so why shouldn't Cassio? Even though he is Othello's lieutenant, a few drinks wouldn't stop him from doing his job right? Cassio comes to the party having had a little to drink beforehand, even though he has stated that he has a bad reaction to alcohol. Iago sings Cassio a song to get him into the celebrating mood, “Some wine, ho! (sings) And let me the cannikin clink, clink, And let me the cannikin clink. A soldier’s a man, A life’s but a span, Why then let a soldier drink. Some wine, boys! (Shakespeare 2.3.50)” Clearly Iago just wants to have a fun night of celebration with his friend and he demonstrates this by inviting Cassio to drink with him and singing merrily. Although the night gets out of hand later on, that is most definitely Cassio’s fault for drinking too much when he knows how he reacts to alcohol. How could Iago have known that Cassio would get so angry at Montano when he intervened in Roderigo and Cassio's violence? There is no way that Iago could have prevented Cassio from getting in a fight and publicly humiliating himself. Cassio chose to take the drinks therefore he did this to himself.
Rebuttal: It always appeared that Iago was the villain of the story and all he ever wanted was to take revenge on Othello. Now, after Cassio gets drunk and starts a brawl with Roderigo, Iago doesn’t seem all bad. It cannot be denied that Cassio made a serious mistake that has very life-altering consequences. However, Iago is still a jealous man who has proven on multiple occasions that he is out for revenge on Othello. Iago formed an entire plot to take advantage of Cassio at the party, betray Cassio by getting him drunk on purpose, act innocent when Othello confronted him about the incident at the party, and plot to use Desdemona later on. Not only does Iago form these plans, but he carries them out and ruins Cassio’s reputation and Othello’s ability to trust his closest advisors.Conclusion: Act 2 of Othello by William Shakespeare describes how a couple was betrayed and manipulated.