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Analyse the style and structure of Othello, Act 3 scene 3, showing what it contributes to the plays major concerns.

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G.C.S.E: English Coursework 'Othello' Analyse the style and structure of 'Othello', Act 3 scene 3, showing what it contributes to the play's major concerns. In William Shakespeare's most vivid and captivating play 'Othello', he casts the story of a 'noble' and courageous 'moor' dwelling in sixteenth century Venice. The whole basis of the play is to show how Othello is deceived and manipulated into committing a brutal murder of his wife. Othello is a general and it is his military powers that have earned him a 'place' in a Venetian society. Though he is accepted into this society there are signs of racial prejudice which is mainly contributed by the insidious 'monster' Iago who as the audience knows 'hates the moor'. The play is rather rare as the opening genre is a romantic comedy promoting Othello's and Desdemona's elopement, then it becomes a hopeless tragedy as Othello ignorantly murders his wife without confronting her of her infidelity. I believe the shifting genre help colour Othello's changing mood as he is 'happy' at the beginning then he becomes filled with 'black vengeance'. The historical context of the play help emphasise the theme of power and the importance of a 'good' reputation as Venice was a dominant colonial force and reputation was everything. Throughout the duration of the play there are certain scenes which draw us more deeply into the events of the play and it's purpose. I believe that Act 3 scene 3 is the most intense and alluring scene of the play as Iago 'poisons' Othello's mind by arousing his 'jealousy'. The purpose of this scene I believe is to lure the audience to delve more deeply into the concept of the play and feel more involved as the characters recite their pivotal soliloquy's. In addition I also believe that this scene is very relevant in the play as it delays the audience from becoming bored as they are familiar with comedies; so when the characters shout of loud to express their anguish this stops them from getting weary. ...read more.

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'Doubt', confusion and jealousy have now possessed his mind as he was deceived by Desdemona and her only 'relief' is to 'loathe' her. In Othello's soliloquy he uses a number of hawking images about Desdemona as he struggles to come to terms with her infidelity. He compares her to a 'haggard' a untameable wild hawk which was used to hunt small prey in the Elizabethan period; in which he will set her free as this untrained hawk is only held by it's 'jesses' ( straps tired round the hawks leg) which he says are his ' heart -strings'. He begins to believe the reason 'she's gone' is because of the 'curse of marriage' and she became tiresome of him as he is 'black' who does not possess the 'soft parts of conversations' that men of her own country enjoy. In addition he believes that he would rather be a 'toad/ And live upon the vapour of a dungeon' than to keep her while she is strays to other men to feed her 'appetites'. I believe Shakespeare included this soliloquy to highlight the theme of 'jealousy'; also it shows the effects of the 'green-eyed monster' which has not yet consumed his mind as he will not 'believe' that Desdemona is unfaithful. On another note I believe this soliloquy demonstrates what Iago says later on that infinite wealth is abject poverty to the man in constant fear of becoming poor; this describes Othello because if she is found guilty he will lose his occupation - 'But riches fineless is as poor winter,/ To him that ever fears he shall be poor'. As Othello sways to find a reason for her infidelity he inevitably comes to a conclusion that he is to 'blame' this loosens the tense mood. He becomes inconsequential as he assumes she is a 'haggard' but does not confront her or wonders what 'honest' Iago has gained from this. ...read more.

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The gradually he raises his status to lieutenant by convincing to Othello that he is 'honest' and the current lieutenant was being having an affair with Desdemona. The most important aspect of the play is Desdemona's napkin, this dramatic device changes the whole genre of the play and it is vital for Iago to use for his plan. On another note, Iago though deceitful has certain features which are similar to Othello. Firstly they are both courageous, Iago for risking his life to destroy Othello; knowing if caught he would be killed. Othello is courageous because he married a Venetian white woman; knowing her father did not approve and if found guilty of using witchcraft to convinced her to marry him, he would be killed. Secondly they are both gullible, Othello for believing all of Iago's lies without authentic 'proof'. Iago is gullible because he believed he could destroy Othello and become lieutenant without getting caught but as we know he was arrested at the end. Finally they are both victims of 'jealousy' fabricated by the 'green-eyed' monster; Iago is jealous of Cassio's promotion and Othello is jealous of Cassio's relationship with Desdemona. What is ironic about Iago and Othello is what was said by Othello earlier on: that all men are fated from birth to be deceived by women. This is ironic because in the play Emelia and Desdemona are both deceived by men; Emelia by Iago as she is used to steal a napkin knowing it will have an effect. Desdemona is deceived by Othello who lets her assume everything is alright when he had 'doubts' about their relationship; this caused him to make his own judgments and not confront her before he murdered her. In conclusion Act 3 scene 3 is very entertaining bringing constant tension and suspense to the stage. However, the length of the scene is quite wearisome as it does not contain any fight scenes which is alluring for an audience who some of which would have to stand up throughout the whole play. ...read more.

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