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Analysing Cassio in Act Two of Othello SCENE ONE Pg 47: *Cassio is mentioned before he is seen.-Initially, Shakespeare presents Cassio from someone else's perspective,

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Analysing Cassio in Act Two of Othello SCENE ONE Pg 47: *Cassio is mentioned before he is seen. -Initially, Shakespeare presents Cassio from someone else's perspective, so as to place a particular view of Cassio in the minds of the audience before he is actually seen. ~ The Third Gentlemen states, '...yet he looks sadly,/ And prays the Moor be safe; for they were prated/ With foul and violent tempest.' *This Demonstrates Cassio's loyalty for Othello and his genuine concern for him. Pg 48: *Cassio enters *What was stated about Cassio's worry for Othello is confirmed; ~ Cassio: '...Oh let the Heavens/ Give him defence against the elements,/ For I have lost him on a dangerous sea.' -Therefore the audience recognise Cassio as a caring, loyal Lieutenant. -This again develops our negative opinion of Iago, as we heard him speak negatively of Cassio in Act One, and now find his comments to be false. *Line 20 brings an interruption to the form of iambic pentameter with Cassio's words, 'What noise?' -This draws attention to what he's saying and so what is happening: the arrival of Iago, Desdemona, Emilia and Rodrigo. ...read more.


This adds to the fact that he is extremely articulate and well spoken. Pg 50: *Cassio addresses Iago as 'good Iago', which conveys his trusting nature, and the high esteem in which he holds Iago. -This demonstrates Shakespeare's use of dramatic irony, as we know that Iago is plotting to convince Othello that Iago is having an affair with his wife, whereas Cassio believes in Iago's supposed good nature. -This in turn summons sympathy for Cassio within the audience, as we wish him not to be so good-natured towards Iago, developing our positive view of Cassio. Pg 52: *Cassio continues to praise Iago, wrongly; ~'...you may relish him/ More in the soldier, than in the scholar' Pg 54 *Iago speaks of his plan to convince Othello of his wife's fictional affair with Cassio. ~'I'll have our Michael Cassio on the hip' -Again this arouses sympathy for Cassio within the audience, as well as further developing the audience's negative opinion of Iago. SCENE TWO Pg 57 *Cassio and Othello's faith in Iago is reinforced; ~'Iago is most honest' Pg 58 *We see the interaction between Iago and Cassio, and witness Cassio's plan for revenge being put into action, as he leads Cassio into praising Desdemona. ...read more.


-here we see how easily Cassio is manipulated by Iago, which inclines the audience to sympathise with him, and Othello when he enters, as he too seems engulfed by Iago's scheme. *Iago's intelligence is exhibited, as he continues to outwardly show feelings of friendship and loyalty towards Cassio, whilst actively deceiving him. ~'I had rather have this tongue cut from my mouth,/ Than it should do offence to Michael Cassio.' *Cassio remains loyal and friendly to Iago, not blaming him for what he's responsible for: Cassio's drunkenness, and consequently the subsequent fight. ~'My reputation, Iago, my reputation.' -This develops the audience opinion that Cassio is extremely trusting, as even after the night's events, he doesn't think to suspect Iago of foul play, but rather turns to him, foolishly, for advice. This trusting nature of Cassio's is his flaw, and what causes him to take Iago's advice, aiding Iago's revenge plan. The audience may view Cassio as rather innocent at this point, as he fails to see, though many do, what has been done to him by Iago: he's been stripped of his dignity and esteem. Pg 68 *Cassio's final words of the Act are; 'Good night, honest Iago', which demonstrates his vulnerability in being manipulated by Iago, and his remaining loyalty to him. ?? ?? ?? ?? Bethany Weston ...read more.

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