Othello passage – Iago monologue



Put money in thy
purse; follow thou the wars; defeat thy favour with
an usurped beard; I say, put money in thy purse. It
cannot be that Desdemona should long continue her
love to the Moor,– put money in thy purse,–nor he
his to her: it was a violent commencement, and thou
shalt see an answerable sequestration:–put but
money in thy purse. These Moors are changeable in
their wills: fill thy purse with money:–the food
that to him now is as luscious as locusts, shall be
to him shortly as bitter as coloquintida. She must
change for youth: when she is sated with his body,
she will find the error of her choice: she must
have change, she must: therefore put money in thy


ACT 1 scene 3


One thought on “Othello passage – Iago monologue”

  1. Iago’s repetition of “put money in thy purse” shows that he only cares about his own interests and has little regard for how is actions will affect others. Besides Iago’s desire for money, the fact that he is solely concerned with money is a façade he shows to Roderigo. Iago is tricking Roderigo into believing that Iago does not have any other motive besides money, even though Iago wants more than having his pockets filled. There is also a racist undertone in this passage. Iago does not mention Othello by name. He just calls him a Moor and generalizes Othello to be the same as all the other Moors.

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