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Act 3, Scene 3 is central to 'Othello', not only in terms of where it is situated in the action - half way through the play - but also because it involves the major characters working out the key issues explored in 'Othello's' plot.

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Act 3, Scene 3 is central to 'Othello', not only in terms of where it is situated in the action - half way through the play - but also because it involves the major characters working out the key issues explored in 'Othello's' plot. By the end of this important scene Iago is in complete control of Othello and his revenge against Michael Cassio is almost complete The play revolves around the main three characters - Othello, Desdemona and Iago. Othello and Desdemona are married, Othello appointed Michael Cassio as his lieutenant - a position Iago was expecting: "I have already chosen my officer. And what was he? Forsooth, a great arithmetician, One Michael Cassio, a Florentine." Iago intends to get revenge on Michael Cassio because of his appointment of lieutenant, to do this he uses Roderigo, his foolish friend, and Roderigo attempts to kill Michael Cassio, while Iago is hoping that they kill each other. Iago was pretending to be Othello's friend so he would get the position, but behind his back he refers to Othello as "the thicklips" and "the moor". ...read more.


In a conversation with Othello, Iago tells Othello to: "O beware, my lord, of jealousy: It is the green-eyed monster which doth mock The meat it feeds on." At this point Othello's suspicions are growing a great deal and this is exactly where Iago wants him. Othello's suspicions are raised further later on in this conversation when Iago tells Othello to: "Look to your wife, observe her well with Cassio" Iago then goes on to say how Desdemona deceived her own father by marrying him, although he does not state this, he is trying to say that if she can do that to her own father then she can do it to him aswell, Othello gets this message loud and clear. After all this has been said , Othello will not admit that he is jealous or that he thinks Desdemona has been disloyal, but in his head it is a different story. Othello trusts in Iago and believes everything he says, as is stated after Iago has taken his leave: "This fellows of exceeding honesty And knows all qualities, with a learned spirit, Of human dealings." ...read more.


In this story Iago tells Othello that he has lay with Cassio, but could not sleep because of a "raging toothache", and while Cassio was sleeping he said: "Sweet Desdemona, let us be wary, let us hide our loves" He then tells Othello that he would gripe his hand, then start kissing him and then put his leg over Iago's thigh and then cried: "Cursed fate that gave thee to the moor." With this story of Iago's, Othello is almost sure in his own mind that Desdemona has been disloyal, but he is made 100% sure when Iago tells him that he saw Michael Cassio wiping his brow with the handkerchief that Othello gave to his wife. Iago had planted that handkerchief in Cassios Lodgings. Now that Othello's mind is fully made up he wants revenge a great deal, and he has Iago's help to achieve it. They agree on Cassios death, and Iago agrees to do it. Othello says that he wants Desdemona dead, at first Iago tries to change his mind, but Othello's mind is set, he wants Desdemona dead for her sins, and he is going to do it. ...read more.

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