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Director's notes Act 3 Scene 3 of Othello.

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Adam Sivner 4k Director's notes Act 3 Scene 3 of Othello Set in apartheid South Africa, Othello a general in the army has married Desdemona the daughter of Brabantio. The marriage is accepted by the government but not by Brabantio or Iago, as Othello is much older than Desdemona and he is black. Whilst Iago is an ensign to Othello and has been passed over for promotion. Othello's rise through the army has been a spectacular one and has earned him much respect and is seen as the best and most outstanding individual in the army. The relationship between Othello and Iago has been a longstanding and professional one and Othello has always trusted Iago. This is why Iago is able to manipulate Othello so easily, as he has no reason to distrust him. The marriage between Othello and Desdemona is an opportunity for Iago to gain a malicious revenge on his general, for him not receiving this promotion. Othello and Desdemona are unable to consummate the marriage as they are rushed off across the border to quash rebel uprisings. During the army's time away, Iago begins to plot against Othello. Fortunately for Iago, Michael Cassio who was originally given the promotion is sacked due to him disturbing Othello and Desdemona's wedding night, whilst being involved in a drunken brawl. The post is now given to Iago and this gives him the perfect opportunity to manipulate Othello. Cassio is upset that he has lost his position and goes to Desdemona to ask her to plead his case. Iago and Othello see this conversation from a distance but are unable to hear what is being said and from that moment Iago begins to destroy Othello emotionally. He first hints that Cassio and Desdemona are having an affair, which is all that is needed to plant a doubt into Othello's mind. Line 1-30: The meeting between Cassio and Desdemona where he asks her to plead for his job back. ...read more.


Desdemona is depicted as a sexual predator. By line 266 he has almost become convinced himself that she is an adulteress as he is old and black and he begins to plot against her. Line 272: " I had rather be a toad and live upon the vapour of the dungeon than keep a corner in the thing I love for others' uses." This is another excessive image thought of by Othello, that he would rather be a toad than love his wife if she were to be an adulteress. Desdemona and Emilia then enter and Desdemona notices immediately that something is wrong with Othello. This proves to the audience that she loves and cares for him but Othello can't see this. Desdemona tends to him and wipes his brow with a handkerchief that he gave to her as his first present to her. She then drops it and they walk off to dinner. This proves to be very important later on in this chapter. Emilia meanwhile has stayed behind and noticed the handkerchief; she picks it up and tells the audience of how Iago has asked for this on many occasions! Othello will be sitting down now as he begins his soliloquy, he will start to sweat profusely because of the terrible images of Desdemona. His voice will be booming and full of anger until Desdemona enters the room. His whole posture and voice however changes completely when Desdemona comes to comfort him and take him to dinner, where once again he relaxes. Lines 301-370: Iago now enters the scene and is told by Emilia that she has a handkerchief for him, Iago orders for her to hand it over and shows that he is a misogynist by calling her a whore and a foolish wife. Iago knows that he is doing wrong as he says " Hast stolen it from her? " and is again very disrespectful to his wife when she asks what will you do with it, he snatches the handkerchief and says " Why, what's that to you ". ...read more.


He believes in what he is saying and therefore knows he can now not go to heaven. Iago tells Othello that he will do whatever Othello wants him to do which is very ironic and aid in the death of Cassio. Othello puts Iago's love to the test and tells him that he has three days to kill Cassio. Iago replies that he is all ready dead making a point about his love for him. Iago tries to reason with Othello for him not to kill Desdemona and go against his vow, but Othello replies that not only does he want her killed he wants her damned. Desdemona is now in the eyes of Othello the evil incarnate. Iago then leaves Othello and the reader with a distressing remark: "I am your own for ever" Iago clearly does not mean this. For the final part of Act III Scene iii I would like it to be portrayed with great drama. The lighting is to be centred on the pair but with gloomy surroundings. This will run off from the setting, which is now moved on to the roof of the government mansion, as they have been moving through the house during the past two parts. As Iago talks about Cassio's fantasies the audience should be able to see the despair and tears running down the face of Othello, but when he realises what must be done anger and hatred runs through him, his voice booms with anger and once again the audience can see how powerful he is with sight of his rippling muscles seemingly bursting out of his suit. Then when they make their vow and Othello damns Desdemona there is to be storm and lightning effects, to add atmosphere and drama to the scene. When Iago has said the last sentence "I am your own for ever" the two actors will hug, Othello with the look of hatred and despair on his face, Iago with an evil smile on his face. Then the light fades to nothing and the scene is finished. ...read more.

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