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Commentary on Turning point in Othello

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Bryan Vaz IB HL English Yr. 2 5/10/2007 Commentary on Turning point in Othello The passage in Act 3, Scene III of Shakespeare's Othello, where Othello cracks down on Iago and demands proof from him of Desdemona's unfaithfulness, is the turning point of the play. Iago has Othello in the palm of his hand, and has Othello's entire fate planned out. He has done this by making him think that Desdemona is cheating on him with Cassio. In this scene, Shakespeare employs the use of three literary devices to construct the scene as a turning point and push the play forward. Firstly, the use of metaphors are essentially to provide the atmosphere of the scene. ...read more.


Othello's metaphor between his torture and medieval torture shows not only the seriousness of the situation, but that his character would refer to such heinous instruments. Furthermore, Othello blatantly threatens Iago when he says, "Thou hadst been better have been born a dog/ Than answer my waked wrath!" This language would be unbecoming of a gentleman, during Shakespeare's time, thus it demonstrates that Othello's character has degraded completely because of the jealousy planted by Iago. The second literary device used by Shakespeare is that of dramatic irony. However, it is in its most extreme form. This is shown in the passage when Othello tells Iago, "Villain, be sure thou prove my love a whore! / Be sure of it. ...read more.


This shows that Iago has started to mold Othello into a jealous monster that will eventually lead to his downfall. This scene is the turning point because Iago has had the opportunity to have Othello see Cassio in Othello's bedroom, talking to Othello's wife, while whispering like a snake to him, that perhaps there's something more between Desdemona and Cassio than meets the eye. In conclusion, these three literary devices, metaphors, dramatic irony, and setting allow the scene to ascertain itself as being the turning point of the play. Othello has the seeds of jealousy planted within him now, and Iago is gulling both Othello and Roderigo. The effect on the audience is that they feel Othello's emotions and can see the complete degradation of Othello's character, allowing the audience to get in the mood for the downfall of Othello. ...read more.

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