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Analyse the dramatic effect of the devices Iago uses in Act 3 to convince Othello of his wife's infidelity and the change in Othello as a result

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Introduction

Analyse the dramatic effect of the devices Iago uses in Act 3 to convince Othello of his wife's infidelity and the change in Othello as a result. Who is to blame for the tragedy. Othello is a black man in a position of authority. He is ambitious and regarded as successful amongst his fellow men. However, Othello is also seen to be a lesser person due to his colour and social background. His so called companion Iago is jealous and resentful of Othello employing Cassio as Othello's right hand man. Iago then plots against Cassio which results in Cassio losing his job. At the opening of the scene, Desdemona promised Cassio she will try to persuade Othello to give him his job back. "For thy solictor shall die than give thy cause away". The audience felt that Desdemona went too far and she is pushing her luck. This shows the audience that Desdemona is determined to let Cassio back and even risk her relationship with Othello. As Cassio leaves,Iago begins to make Othello question Cassio and Desdemona relationship. ...read more.

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When Iago suggests that Othello's wife is not honest. Othello commands proof to believe him. "No, Iago; I'll see before I doubt; when I doubt, prove." The audience will believe that Othello is looking for a problem by asking for proof. And the audience will be disappointed by Othello's reactions because any man in his place will be grateful that they have a loyal wife. Iago warns Othello of Desdemona's relationships with two other characters which are Cassio and Branbantio. "She did deceive her father, marrying you". Iago is suggesting if she deceived her own blood why can't she deceive you. Her own blood, who raised her which is her dad, basically if she done it once, she is more than capable to do it twice. At the time women were seen as objects in the society and seen as untrustworthy, unloyal, liars and cheap. At the scene Iago treat's Emilia badly. He calls her a fool. "To have a foolish wife". He even calls her a whore. "A good wench; give it me". Iago refers his wife to a prostitute which reveals his attitude towards women. ...read more.

Conclusion

In the closing conversation, Othello makes some definite decisions. "Damn her, lewd minx!O, damn her! Come, go with me apart, I will withdraw, To furnish me with some swift means of death for the fair devil. Now art thou my lieutenant. Othello's state of mind is he is confused, hurt deep inside, angry, betrayed, jealous disappointed, distress and demanded to kill Desdemona. His emotion no one can describe. He curses Desdemona but that is not the way he feels. I believe Iago is to blame to all the tragedy because how can someone hate in the way he hates anyone? How can you be able to sleep after destroying the love of two which was to last? How can you be a human being enjoying someone's death? Othello is portrayed as a "tragic hero". Othello was told a pack of lies. He killed his beautiful Desdemona for nothing because he intended to believe Iago instead of his loyal wife. Othello realises what a massive mistake he has made and regrets each minute that he had spent believing lies. And the only way he can forgive himself is to be there with her. Othello is a hero because he killed himself. He is strong and a brave hero. ...read more.

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