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Act 1 Sc III 77-94 Act 3 Sc III 343-355 - By examining the language of the speeches closely what do you learn of the change in Othello's character?

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Act 1 Sc III 77-94 Act 3 Sc III 343-355 By examining the language of the speeches closely what do you learn of the change in Othello's character? Othello's mind is ravaged by the act of adultery committed by his counter-part Desdemona, which is the truth in mind, however false in reality. A tribute to Iago's cunning is thus. By Act III Sc III he has played Othello for the "noble moor" to "O now, forever farewell the tranquil mind!" He is seasoned and ready to serve unjust and immoral punishments. We can truly see the change between the old "noble moor" and the monstrous "backer devil" through two of his major speeches. The first recited when confronted by Brabantio and the Venetian Senators. The second, while being played by the dark hands of Iago later on through the play. The first speech flows particularly eloquently and his very praising of his masters there as he does call them "potent, grave and reverned" each means a different virtue. ...read more.

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He once again talks very much about war and his life in war. However now we see that he explains all the negative aspects, as before in Act I he never once mentioned the death in war even thought that is its whole purpose. He makes it a noble game whereas now he mentions "mortal engines" where he calls cannons killing machines. However he keeps the honour in the battle as he mentions where patriotic symbols like the "ear piercing fife" and the "Royal Banner". These constant mentions to war when Othello is ever socially challenged shows a venerability about him as he needs to go back into what he knows, battle, instead of trying to tackle the problems ahead of him. We also see through his portrayals of war how he himself has change through the play. Though his thoughts on war may be the same throughout the play he was able in Act I to think clearly enough to make everything seem nice and nobilic. ...read more.

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This is interesting because that means they are decent people usually and physically wouldn't be able to their evil acts. This shows just how the "noble moor" was in fact truly a noble moor. This redemption into evil is confirmed through the literary technique, repetition, repetition of the word farewell seems very much like a drum beat. The rhyming schemes inbetween these is very complex and goes 4,2,4,11,0. It seems to start with sorts of verse into then a conclusion with the 11 syllables between and then a repetition of farewell. So we see how such a noble man could be lead to such destructive paths by guiding hands. We examined the speeches and we now see how Othello has been spirred into a frenzy with the blood-lust of war on his chin. He hath changed. And through these speeches, the artist was Shakespeare who allowed us to understand, or just know, that he has changed but we don't know how we can tell - until we examine why we don't see all the incredible devices he uses. ...read more.

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