• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Explore the Methods Iago uses in Act 3 Scene 3 to Persuade Othello of Desdemona's Supposed Infidelity with Cassio: What do we learn about Othello and Iago throughout the Process of this Scene?

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Explore the Methods Iago uses in Act 3 Scene 3 to Persuade Othello of Desdemona's Supposed Infidelity with Cassio: What do we learn about Othello and Iago throughout the Process of this Scene? Demonstrating Shakespeare's depiction of Iago's masterly manipulation of language in order to seek his sworn revenge on Othello, Act 3 Scene 3 is the longest scene of 'Othello' and occurs in the middle of the play. This scene is the first instance throughout the play that illustrates Iago putting his plan to manipulate Othello's thoughts and feelings about his wife's innocence and fidelity into execution. It is essential that the audience find Iago's performance here to be convincing, so that they are able to believe that Othello's trust in Iago would not be doubted before that in his wife, and consequently do not lose interest in the play emotionally. Subtly introducing Iago's manipulative behaviour to this scene, Shakespeare conveys how the villain begins the process of arousing Othello's suspicions initially via indirect methods, such as his implicit introduction of the topic of the suspicious nature of Desdemona's relationship with Cassio; 'Ha? ...read more.

Middle

The evidence of the effectiveness of these techniques is conveyed through Othello's words; '...thou echo'st me;/As if there were some monster in thy thought...And when I told thee, he was of my counsel...thou criedst, Indeed?...as if thou then had shut up in thy brain/Some horrible conceit.' This is the first indication that Iago's attempts at manipulating Othello's thoughts have been successful, and again prove Shakespeare's success at depicting Iago as a wily, calculating villain. Once commanded by Othello to 'give thy worst of words/The worst of thoughts', Iago has recognised the effect he is having on the protagonist, and so exploits the control he has gained to a further degree, by withholding information much more openly; 'I am not bound to that: All slaves are free:/Utter my thoughts? Why say, they are vile, and false?' Here, Iago distorts Othello's rational thinking process further, by openly suggesting that he's having doubts about Desdemona's faithfulness. Shakespeare illustrates Iago's masterly manipulation of syntax throughout this scene also, in order to plant the idea of jealousy in Othello's mind. ...read more.

Conclusion

This success is also conveyed through the introduction of words belonging to the semantic field commonly found in Iago's words, into Othello's language, which previously has been poetic and extravagant. For instance, Othello states, 'Even so my bloody thoughts, with violent pace/Shall ne'er look back'. Shakespeare's introduction of language typically associated with Iago into Othello's speech symbolises the success of Iago's manipulation of Othello's thoughts and emotions. Language associated with 'blood', 'poison' and 'death' is typical of Othello's speech towards the end of this scene, as it has been of Iago's throughout the duration of the play, therefore conveying that Othello now harbours the same natured thoughts as Iago. Iago's intelligence and incredible ability to manipulate Othello emotionally is demonstrated by Shakespeare in Othello's declaration that he wishes to find 'some swift means of death/For the fair Devil' at the end of this scene. This statement alone conveys Othello's altered thinking process, due to the dark language used such as 'death' and 'Devil', and due to the nature of what he is actually stating: he wishes to kill his wife. ?? ?? ?? ?? Bethany Weston ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Othello section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Othello essays

  1. Marked by a teacher

    How does Shakespeare use language and stagecraft to show Othello's changing feelings towards Dedemona ...

    4 star(s)

    truth he thinks her wild and untrained - and believes Iago that she is unfaithful. Finally he says that he'd "whistle her off, and let her down the wind", which means that he would cast her off - an unfaithful wife was not to be tolerated - and let her go.

  2. Peer reviewed

    Examine the significance of Act 3 Scene 3 in Othello

    3 star(s)

    Therefore this previous mention of Desdemona by Othello means that Iago feels he does not have to try as hard as he first thought to convince Othello that Desdemona is cheating on him with Cassio. "Look to your wife, observe her well with Cassio."

  1. Analyse the style and structure of Othello, Act 3 scene 3, showing what it ...

    I believe she should have been more cautious about Othello's time with Iago. When Othello reappears the dialogue begins to shift as he still begins to doubt and continues to wonder of her 'stolen hours of lust'. He also begins to think about what Iago said and prolongs to say

  2. Discuss and evaluate how Shakespeare uses language to present the character of Othello in ...

    He reluctantly, gives the couple his blessing. Desdemona is unique because she can see past the colour of Othello's skin and falls in love with Othello's impressive history and his intellectual outlook on life. Desdemona is used as a tool that indicates the dramatic breakdown in Othello's language, she supports her husband's eloquence and dramatically props him up publically.

  1. The Characters of Othello, Cassio and Iago.

    - Line 130 Iago only ever drops hints at this point, and his persistent repetition of Cassio antagonizes Othello and though Iago is making his point extremely clear Othello refuses to believe Desdemona is having an affair, without Iago's actual confirmation.

  2. Discuss the dramatic irony of Act 1 Scene 3 of Othello

    Othello's speech makes him seem very brave and strong. "They have used their dearest action in the tented field"; Othello is explaining that his arms have been used in war to fight. This makes him seem strong and brave. Othello then tells the Duke to kill him if he has abused Desdemona, "Let your sentence even fall upon my life".

  1. how iago convinces othello of desdemona's infidelity

    These are a few reasons why Iago would try to ruin Othello and convince him of his wife's infidelity. Another way of knowing of Othello's confidence and importance in the beginning of the play is in the language. Generally in Shakespeare the type of language used separates different classes.

  2. Explore how Shakespeare Conveys the Charcter of Iago

    obvious for the reader (when it is put in to context with the rest of Iago's actions, thoughts and motives) to see that Iago is not really being serious when he says this. We know this because Shakespeare makes him say: "And what's he then that says I play the villain."

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work