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Othello Title: Explain why Act III Scene iii is pivotal to the play Othello Othello was written by William Shakespeare in the early part of the 17th century it is set in the high society streets of Venice. The story contains murder, racism, jealousy and welfare. Shakespeare uses these themes to express an exciting, tragic story of hate cunning and persuasion with one of the most catastrophic endings imaginable. Othello is North African he lives in Venice and he is the general in Venice. He marries a rich mans daughter in hiding (they elope). He gets manipulated by a sly man named Iago. Iago manipulates Othello into thinking that his new wife Desdemona is cheating on him. Othello finds out the truth from Emilia (Iago's wife who unknowingly helped Iago manipulate Othello) after he had killed his wife. So because Amelia told the truth Iago killed her and she lay next to Desdemona on the bed she was killed on. Then Othello stabbed Iago but he did not die. Then Othello killed himself. The play is a tragedy because Othello being the hero in this play unknowingly brings his own downfall with terrible consequences being his death and the death of Desdemona and Emilia. A tragedy from the dictionary meaning: "A drama or literary work in which the main character is brought to ruin or suffers extreme sorrow, especially as a consequence of a tragic flaw, moral weakness, or inability to cope with unfavourable circumstances." ...read more.

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As they speak, Othello comments how Iago "didst contract and purse brow together, as if then shut up in brain, some horrible conceit" Iago carefully analyses Othello's statement to generate more curiosity in him and prompt Othello to say "show me thy thought" this gives Iago the opportunity to plant his "worst of thought" in Othello's mind. Iago replies with the warning to "beware, my lord, of jealousy, it is the green eyed monster, which doth mock the meat it feeds on". Nobody talks about jealousy before this so Iago is implying that Othello is jealous. When Othello seems to be doubtful about there being anything to be jealous of, "for she had eyes and chose me" he says to Iago "when I doubt, prove." To weaken Othello's confidence, Iago replies "observe her well with Cassio... I know our country disposition well". Iago takes that opportunity to play on the fact that Othello is in denial by suggesting that he is not aware of the deceptive ways of his "Venetian woman." He adds, "She did deceive her father, marrying you" so much so that Brabantio "thought t'was witchcraft." Iago is still manipulating Othello into believing that she can deceive once then she will deceive again without actually telling him that he thinks that she has been deceived. ...read more.

Conclusion

He just trusts Iago and turns to him for advice and directions at every point throughout the Scene. At the end of the play Othello kills Desdemona and then Emilia comes in and sees what has happened and cries for help. Montano, Gratiano and Iago come and see her dead and ask what happened. Emilia says that the Moor has killed her mistress. Cassio is standing there on crutches. Othello tells them why he killed her and Cassio denied it all. Then Emilia tells Othello what really happened with the handkerchief and Iago kills her for talking. She asks one of the men who catch her when she falls to lay her next to her mistress. Then Othello goes to stab Iago and succeeds but doesn't kill him, "I bleed sir, but not kil'd." Othello speaks to Montano, Gratiano recalling his service to Venice and stating that he did not love wisely, but loved too well. He recalls an incident when he engaged a Turk for beating a Venetian citizen, illustrating the Act ion with his sword; he stabs himself and falls dead upon the bed. In the last Scene of the play Iago may seem to have succeeded in the beginning but ends up being punished for his wrong doings. His wife turns on him and tells Othello of all his wrong doings. Therefore his conspiracy was revealed because he failed to silence his wife Emilia and Cassio. ?? ?? ?? ?? Mercedes Prescod 11SP Harris CTC Candidate no. 5123 ...read more.

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