Othello

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 3 Scene 3

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IAGO

    Is ’t come to this?

IAGO

Has it come to this?

OTHELLO

Make me to see ’t, or at the least so prove it
375That the probation bear no hinge nor loop
To hang a doubt on, or woe upon thy life!

OTHELLO

Show me, or at least prove it beyond the shadow of a doubt. If you can’t, your life is worthless!

IAGO

My noble lord—

IAGO

My noble lord—

OTHELLO

If thou dost slander her and torture me,
Never pray more. Abandon all remorse.
380On horror’s head horrors accumulate,
Do deeds to make heaven weep, all earth amazed,
For nothing canst thou to damnation add
Greater than that.

OTHELLO

If you’re slandering her just to torture me, then it’ll be no use to pray for mercy or say you’re sorry. You might as well go ahead and commit every unspeakable crime you can think of, because there’s nothing you could that would top what you’ve already done!

IAGO

  Oh, grace! Oh, heaven forgive me!
Are you a man? Have you a soul or sense?
385God buy you, take mine office. O wretched fool
That lov’st to make thine honesty a vice!
O monstrous world! Take note, take note, O world,
To be direct and honest is not safe.
I thank you for this profit, and from hence
390I’ll love no friend, sith love breeds such offence.

IAGO

Oh, heaven help me! Aren’t you a rational human being? Don’t you have any sense at all? Goodbye. I resign my official position. I’m such an idiot for always telling the truth! What a horrible world we live in! Listen, pay attention, everybody. It’s not safe to be straightforward and honest. I’m glad you’ve taught me this valuable lesson. From now on, I’ll never try to help a friend when it hurts him so much to hear the truth.

OTHELLO

Nay, stay. Thou shouldst be honest.

OTHELLO

No, stop. You should always be honest.

IAGO

I should be wise, for honesty’s a fool
And loses that it works for.

IAGO

I should always be wise. Honesty’s stupid, it makes me lose my friends even when I’m trying to help them.

OTHELLO

    By the world,
I think my wife be honest and think she is not.
395I think that thou art just and think thou art not.
I’ll have some proof. Her name, that was as fresh
As Dian’s visage, is now begrimed and black
As mine own face. If there be cords or knives,
Poison, or fire, or suffocating streams,
400I’ll not endure it. Would I were satisfied!

OTHELLO

I swear, I think my wife’s faithful, and I think she’s not. I think you’re trustworthy one minute and then not the next. I need proof! Her reputation was as pure as the snow, but now it’s as dirty and black as my own face. As long as there are

ropes, knives, poison, fire, or streams to drown in

By referring to instruments of death, Othello implies that he wants to commit either suicide or murder

ropes, knives, poison, fire, or streams to drown in
, I won’t stand for this. Oh, how I wish I knew the truth!