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Act 3 Scene 3 of Othello is a pivotal scene - explain how act 3 scene 3 is a pivotal scene and how it builds on previous events and foreshadows events still to come.

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Act 3 Scene 3 of Othello is a pivotal scene In what ways does it build on previous events still to come? In this essay I am going to explain how act 3 scene3 is a pivotal scene and how it builds on previous events and foreshadows events still to come. In act 3 scene 3 events happen to build on previous events and foreshadow events still to come. One of these events is Desdemona frequently talking about Cassio, as she says. "Your lieutenant, Cassio" Desdemona also defends Cassio by saying that he should get his job back. "Good love call him back" This foreshadows Othello getting suspicious and going to do something bad to Desdemona. Iago tells Othello to beware of jealousy. "Beware my lord of jealousy" This foreshadows Othello getting jealous of Desdemona. Iago mentions that if Desdemona can deceive her father she can deceive Othello. "She did deceive her father marrying you" This will make Othello even more suspicious about his wife. Othello is quick to judge, he jumps to conclusions without having a fair trial. ...read more.

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Othello is regretting that he married Desdemona as he says, "Why did I marry" This means that Othello is starting to believe Iago because he thinks Iago is honest, "This fellows of exceeding honesty" Othello thinks that if Iago is honest then he must be telling the truth. Othello is starting to show signs of weakness. In this scene everybody in the play think Iago is honest and we, the audience know that this is not true. This makes it more exiting for the audience to watch. Othello starts to think it is because he is black, that's why Desdemona is having an affair. "Haply for I am black" When this play was written, racism was not a big thing as it is today. There was not that many black people at the time this was written. Othello says it because he is worried, he will think up of any reason why she would have an affair with Cassio. This proves that Iago's manipulative scheme is working and Othello is beginning to see a different view towards Desdemona. ...read more.

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Although he is brave, he has many weaknesses as well. He is quick to judge, he believes every word Iago says and thinks that his wife Desdemona is having an affair with Cassio and that is his downfall. Shakespeare uses many skills as a dramatist; one of his skills is dramatic irony. Dramatic irony is when an audience knows something that other characters in the play do not. In the play we, the audience know that Iago is an evil character but the rest of the characters in the play do not know this. They think he is good honest and a trustworthy man. Dramatic irony makes the play a lot more exiting; it almost makes you want to shout out what Iago is doing to the other characters. Without dramatic irony the play would not have been as good. Another skill Shakespeare has a dramatist is imagery. As can be seen from my essay act 3 scene 3 is a pivotal scene. This is because of Iago using his skills to persuade Othello to thinking that Cassio is having an affair with Desdemona. At the beginning of the scene he loves Desdemona but at the end of the scene he hate her and wants to kill her. 1 ...read more.

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