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Explore how Othello is led into Believing that Desdemona is Unfaithful

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Explore how Othello is led into Believing that Desdemona is Unfaithful Act 3 Scene 3 is the most the crucial scene of the play so far because it is when Iago begins to poison Othello's mind against those of whom he loves. Iago uses cunning language to encrypt suspicion in Othello's mind and the "brave and noble moor" falls into the trap to the point of which Iago almost has total control over Othello's actions. The language used by Iago is important as he plants a seed of doubt in Othello's mind, and the language is not bold. In fact, it is quite the opposite. Iago knows of Othello's insecurities about being an outsider, so he exploits this fact by dropping sly comments about Cassio and Desdemona that inevitably worries Othello. This subtle language used by Iago also eventually exploits Othello's naivety and passionate nature as the normally calm Othello desperately seeks revenge at the end of the scene. The first we see of Iago's witchcraft comes just after Cassio departs, "Ha! I like not that." This innocent-seeming half-line is the first poisonous drop in the hellish pot concocted by Iago. ...read more.

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The more Iago denies knowing anything, the more Othello persists in asking questions. Now Iago is in complete control, but he is still appears reluctant to "spill the beans." Once again, Iago wants to be seen as 'good, honest Iago,' and this technique of speech bolsters his status as an honest man which consequently leads Othello to believe what he says even more. The first clear sign of Othello's doubt comes after Iago says he thinks Cassio is an honest man, and Othello replies saying, "Nay, yet there's more in this." So far, Iago's plan to poison Othello's mind is going just as planned. Othello is utterly convinced that Iago is a good, honest man. So along with his own insecurities, Othello jumps to the wrong conclusions without consideration into all aspects into the situation. Othello is too passionate and emotional. His very sureness of his love for Desdemona causes his insecurity. At this point, his mind is laced with doubt, worry and suspicion. Iago gives the impression of having reservations and doubts through the repetition of the phrase I think, "Why then, I think Cassio's an honest man" and "I think he is honest." ...read more.

Conclusion

When Othello says, "I am bound to thee forever," he presumably means 'indebted;' but from this point on Othello will be bound by Iago's power over him. This is another example of dramatic irony. Iago highlights three aspects of Desdemona likely to make Othello feel alien and inferior, "Of her own clime, complexion, and degree." Her European origins; her skin colour and her social status (she is a senators daughter) are reasons that Othello sees fit for a beautiful, young Venetian girl might reject him for a smooth, handsome Florentine. These factors cast a shadow of doubt over Othello, "Haply for I am black." Othello wonders why Desdemona ever married him. His insecurities are taking over him. And this is all because of Iago's witchcraft. Iago is consistently praised for his honesty; Desdemona is continuously suspected for her dishonesty. Iago seems to have perceived Othello's insecurity concerning his origins and colour, "May fall to match you with her country forms." Again he slyly exploits these feelings by reminding Othello that Desdemona must be constantly making comparisons with white-skinned Venetians. For all Othello's doubt, he still needs visual proof of the affair. But before Iago brings up the visual proof of the handkerchief, a sentimental gift given to Desdemona by Othello, he makes up a pack of lies that anguishes Othello. ...read more.

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