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Rhetorical Devices in Othello

Rhetorical Devices Examples in Othello:

Act I - Scene III

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"Her father loved me, oft invited me,(140) Still question'd me the story of my life..."   (Act I - Scene III)

This is a clever rhetorical move on Othello’s part. He reminds Brabantio of their previous friendship, which both softens Brabantio’s stance and makes Brabantio appear two-faced for turning on Othello.

"Rude am I in my speech, And little blest with the soft phrase of peace;..."   (Act I - Scene III)

Othello uses a rhetorical tactic similar to those used by Mark Antony in Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar. By claiming to be ineloquent—“rude in… speech”—Othello hopes to appeal to the statesmen. Ironically, this is itself a rather eloquent move. The eloquence is heightened by his repetition of l and t sounds in “little blest” and f sounds in “soft phrase.”

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