• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Act 3 scene iii is a turning point in the play. How does Iago reduce Othello to desperation?

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Act 3 scene iii is a turning point in the play. How does Iago reduce Othello to desperation? Othello is about Othello, a black general in the service of the Duke of Venice, who is manipulated by Iago, Othello's ensign. Iago tells Othello that he has seen and heard that Desdemona, Othello's wife, and Cassio, Othello's lieutenant, having an affair. Iago, the villain, plants ideas that lead to Othello loosing his mind from the very first scene. The audience's first sight of Othello is in Act 1 scene ii. In the first, the audience see Iago and Roderigo talking, Iago confessing about his hatred for Othello. Up until Act 5 scene I line 36, Iago is always placing ideas in Othello's mind, but still managing to make himself seem honest to Othello and everybody else. It isn't just Othello's mind Iago plays with, but nearly everybody else's, directly or indirectly: For example, he plays directly with Othello's mind by telling him about Desdemona and Cassio; but in doing that he indirectly plays with Desdemona's, because she becomes confused and concerned about how Othello is acting. ...read more.

Middle

the start of the scene he calls his wife, "excellent wretch", the middle of the scene he calls her a "whore" and by the end of the scene he wants to "tear her all to pieces". In line 349 Othello uses a rhetorical question showing that what Iago has done has made him doubt himself as well as Desdemona; he also uses parallel sentences "I think my wife be honest, and think she is not;/I think thou art just, and think thou art not", line 385/6, showing that in his mind he is very confused about what to think of what Iago has told him, Othello's double negative on line 227, shows again his state of mind: confused and disoriented, but in lines 359 and 364 Iago asks Othello about these questions to try and reassure him and possible to comfort himself. Othello uses war imagery because it is something he can relate to, being a General himself; but, on the other hand, Iago's language pretty much stayed the same throughout. ...read more.

Conclusion

Cassio, Desdemona and Roderigo all see Iago as a friend, Roderigo also sees him as a leader and Iago persuades him to murder Cassio near the end of the play, but he fails, so Iago kills him. Iago gains reactions from Othello through his speech: what he says and how he says it play very important roles in Iago's battle to manipulate Othello, even though sometimes he hardly says anything; when he says very little Othello wants to know more and by line 215 Othello completely trusts Iago. I think Iago is very clever in the way he manipulated Othello; the way he made him believe Desdemona and Cassio were having an affair with no real hard proof, but also how he makes sure that no-one finds out about him lying. Iain McKellen plays Iago, in Trevor Nunn's RSC 1989 production, excellently; he mutters in the right places, shouts in the right places, is offensive and defensive towards Othello in the right places, etc. McKellen is probably, in my opinion, the perfect actor for the role. ?? ?? ?? ?? Tom Nicholls 10S ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Othello section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Othello essays

  1. Marked by a teacher

    Is Iago The Perfect Villain?

    5 star(s)

    Iago slightly sarcastically plays on the title "Honest Iago" in his third soliloquy, after many of the characters start addressing him by this title. "And what's he then that says I play the villain, When this advice is free I give, and honest," are the two lines that open his final soliloquy.

  2. Peer reviewed

    Why Act 3, Scene 3 is a significant turning point in Othello

    5 star(s)

    biggest flaw, as it is the foundation that Iago finds to work his evil upon. This scene is well structured, showing the gradual decline of Othello's character. The scene can be split into six different sections. It is opened with a discussion between Cassio and Desdemona.

  1. othello. DISCUSS THE DRAMATIC IMPACT OF ACT 1 SCENE 3 AND ITS IMPORTANCE TO ...

    The themes of good and evil are looked upon in Othello. Shakespeare uses Evil (Iago) to test those who have faith (Desdemona) the contrast of good and evil outshine each other as evil seems more dominant hence it causes more mayhem as seen in the play.

  2. How does Shakespeare show the 'seduction' of Othello by Iago in act III scene ...

    Iago notices Cassio walk away from them. "Ha! I like not that." Then which Othello replies "what dost thou say?" ""Nothing my lord; or if - I know not what" This is a prime example of how Iago starts to poison Othellos mind, he suggests something, Othello Questions it then he defends his own accusations.

  1. Consider the role of Iago in Act III Scene 3 and show how Shakespeare ...

    Iago causes this to happen and turns Othello's world into chaos. From the moment in which the seed is planted Othello suffers from immense jealousy and suspicion. Iago is the finest judge of character in the whole of the Shakespearian canon.

  2. "Othello" act 3, scene 3.

    Superficially, it would appear that Iago is reluctant to tell Othello the whole story, but the audience know that he has every intention to crush Othello with his evil mind. It is another aspect of Iago that makes him one of Shakespeare's greatest ever characters.

  1. Discuss the dramatic impact of Act 1 Scene 3 and its importance to the ...

    have been certainly be given to Iago; who felt betrayed by both Cassio and Othello. Also from the quotation we know that Iago feels that Othello is a very gullible man who believes everybody to be honest. He also insults Othello by saying that Othello is as gullible as an ass.

  2. Analyse the style and structure of Othello, Act 3 scene 3, showing what it ...

    The scene first opens with Cassio, Desdemona and Emelia in the garden of the castle and in some cases is seen as a calm and peaceful place; which is similar to the mood of the scenes as well. Cassio is uncertain what 'shall' become of him so he asks Desdemona

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work