Francesca D.

Quote 1:
"To fall in love with what she feared to look on...He wrought upon her (Brabantio Act 1.3 [116-124])."
In the beginning of the play, Othello, by William Shakespeare, he uses light and dark motif quotation focuses of how the light and dark motif was used to demonstrate how it is related to the theme of heaven and hell, as well. Brabantio uses a sense of heaven and hell here to describe the relationship between Desdemona and Othello. This quotation contributes to this theme of the play because it further explores how Shakespeare was able to use the light and dark motif in just one of many ways.


Quote 2:
"Now do I see 'tis true...For 'tis of aspics' tongues! (Othello Act 3.3 [503-510])"
In this quote, Shakespeare has Othello relate how he used to think that Desdemona was meant to go to heaven, and that she was so innocent and sweet, to how once he believed she had an affair, she deserved to go to hell. By this point in the play, Othello is at the point where he is losing his rational thinking because of the events that have taken place. He has also gone from being honest as always and nice, to irrational, which is another example of how this motif is used throughout the play.

Quote 3:
"O, the more angel she, and you the blacker devil! (Emilia Act 5.2 [161])"
William Shakespeare uses the light and dark motif in this quote by making a distinction between the good and bad in Desdemona and Othello. Angels have to deal with heaven, peace, and they're dressed in white. The devil is associated with hell, dark/black, and it represents death and failure. In this quote, Emilia is comparing how innocent and sweet Desdemona was, and how she did not deserve to die which sides with light, to how Othello lost his sanity, and ended up killing his own wife, which signifies darkness.