Journal 1: Roderigo responds to Iago’s complaints about Othello by saying, “I would not follow him then.” Iago has a different plan, stating, “I am not what I am.” Who has the better plan? What would you do if you were in Iago’s position?
Journal 2: Describe how jealousy can make people say or do things they would not have done otherwise. Be sure to discuss both the cause of the jealousy and its consequences.
Journal 3: While Othello is suffering, wondering whether his wife has been true to him, Othello says, “…’tis better to be much abused/Than but to know a little.” What does he mean? Do you feel the same way? (Page 141)
Journal 4: Emilia says she believes someone manipulated Othello to cause this problem, but she doesn’t seem to suspect Iago; she does not see what is right in front of her face. Why do you think she does not suspect him? Write about a time you or someone you know did not see the obvious.
Iago does not want to get his hands “dirty” so he arranges for Roderigo to kill Cassio. Many devious people get others to do their dirty work for them. Why do you think Iago does not want to go through with this aspect of his plan? Write a message to Iago, telling him exactly what you think of him.