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How is act 3, scene 3 of Othello made dramatic for the audience?

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How is act 3, scene 3 of 'Othello' made dramatic for the audience? 'Othello' is a play by Shakespeare about a man who is manipulated into killing his wife by his best friend. He then kills himself and his friend gets arrested. This scene is dramatic because it shows the transformation from the characters we see at the beginning to the characters we see at the end. Dramatic irony is probably the most important reason for this scene being dramatic but there are a lot of different factors such as racism, the handkerchief incident, trust and mistrust, manipulation and Othello's tragic flaw. In this scene the genre of the play becomes clear; this is because the audience become aware that Iago is evil. This makes it a tragedy. The main characters start to transform into new people. At the beginning, Othello is happy with his life with Desdemona and would not have any doubts about her faithfulness. Then Iago makes him jealous by saying "beware, my lord of jealousy" which is his tragic flaw, and turns him into a classic Shakespearian tragic hero. ...read more.

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Iago echoes Othello to make him think that he is still in control when he is planting the words into his mind. This is shown when Othello says "think" then Iago says "Think my lord" then Othello says "Think my lord". Which is showing that Iago is trying to delay telling Othello but drawing him in at the same time. This makes it seem like Iago has no remorse but is doing it for the power because that is what he craves. This would make the audience feel traumatised but they would also feel quite satisfied that they know more than some of the characters. The subplot of the handkerchief plays a very important part of the reason this scene is dramatic for the audience, because of the amount of dramatic irony that is involved in this scene. When Iago mentions the handkerchief to Othello "but such a handkerchief..... see Cassio wipe his beard with." It makes him sure that Desdemona is cheating on him otherwise Cassio would not have been able to obtain the handkerchief. ...read more.

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He never actually tells Othello that he thinks Desdemona is cheating but he makes him guess by dropping subtle hints that are easy to come to conclusions from. An example of this is when Iago says "men should be what they seem" which makes Othello think that someone is not what they seem. When Iago says "why, then, I think Cassio's an honest man" which makes Othello think that it is Cassio that is dishonest. This would make the audience understand what is happening but not understand how or why. The most important reason for this scene being dramatic for the audience is that it includes a lot of dramatic irony. Dramatic irony is used in the manipulation of all the characters and every character has been a victim of it at some point in the play. Iago uses this when he says "for my manhood, honesty, or wisdom" because later on in the play we find out that he is not honest and lies to most of the characters. This makes it very dramatic for the audience because they know that Iago is lying and they are probably thinking about how foolish Othello's character is for not noticing what Iago was trying to do. ...read more.

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