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Discuss Iagos manipulation of Othellos thoughts in this scene (up to line 280). Your discussion will need to include a careful look at Othellos response to Iagos manipulation, and a look at jealousy

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Discuss Iago's manipulation of Othello's thoughts in this scene (up to line 280). Your discussion will need to include a careful look at Othello's response to Iago's manipulation, and a look at jealousy as spoken of by both Iago and Othello in this scene. Jealousy is an overwhelming, intense and all consuming emotion which can sometimes be irrational. It can lead to the manipulation of the person, and take the form of an obsession and can be very powerful. In Shakespeare's Othello, jealousy and manipulation can be presented in various forms which seem to be having devastating effects on the individual as a whole. It can also be portrayed as something that is uncontrollable and inevitable. In Othello it is evident that the Elizabethan tragedy displays the fall of the 'noble leader' who has been deeply affected and consumed by the effects of jealousy, destruction and manipulation. At the beginning of Act 3 Scene 3, Iago and Othello enter with Cassio, Emilia and Desdemona discussing Cassio's poor behaviour the night before, with Desdemona reassuring that she will make sure Othello will reinstate his position as lieutenant. Iago enters and quickly remarks 'Ha! ...read more.


Iago makes a lot of ironic comments which portray his untruthful and dishonest character. The structure of Act 3 Scene 3 is a very important part of the play as it marks a turning point and the decline of Othello, which is very controlled by Iago. Iago admits he is naturally a jealous person 'As I confess it is my nature's plague to spy into abuses, and oft my jealousy shapes faults that are not' He is jealous of Othello's power, which changes as Iago degrades Othello and gets power over him - this represents a role reversal between the two. At this stage the play is occurring at a fast pace as Othello demands answers and it keeps the audience on their feet. Iago warns Othello of becoming jealous and uses the famous saying 'it is the green-eyed monster which doth mock the meat it feeds on' the imagery created makes jealous look like a destructive and terrifying emotion. There is a strong sense of devouring in these images, which fit in with Iago's description of Othello as being 'eaten up with passion'. These lines suggest the exact quality of Othello's enormous jealousy; as he has become convinced his wife is unfaithful. ...read more.


He says some powerful lines which reflect his state of mind 'I had rather be a toad and live upon the vapour of a dungeon than keep a corner in the thing I love for other's uses' These lines explore that he would rather be a 'toad' than to love someone that is not fully his. In conclusion, Iago has thoroughly thought out his manipulation of Othello. He cleverly tricks him into thinking Desdemona is having an affair. He sets Othello into different kind of emotions including uncertainty, insecurity and the most destructive one is jealousy. Othello seems to crack and become exceedingly jealous as Iago deliberately messes with his head and causes him to become doubtful of Desdemona's faithfulness. The play follows the traditional five act Shakespearian play, and each builds up in the decline of Othello. Overall, Othello is a completely different man at the end of Act 3, as Iago has torn him apart and making him a much more jealous and suspicious character, which is ironic as Iago was originally the jealously one, now the role reversal between them both shows how tricks on the mind can dominate a person. ?? ?? ?? ?? Sarah King ...read more.

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