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How do the events of Act 3 Scene 3 prepare an audience for what happens in the remainder of the play.

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How do the events of Act 3 Scene 3 prepare an audience for what happens in the remainder of the play. Shakespeare's "Othello" (1600-1605) a tragic story based upon love, hate, jealousy and revenge tells us of the ill-fated downfall of Othello, a high ranking army officer who loses everything dear to him including his own life, due to the evil plans plotted against him by his close 'friend', Iago. All through the beginning of the play up to Act 3 Scene 3 audiences would see Othello as a sincere, self confident, just and noble man. The first two acts of the play show the audience the positive sides of his personality. His ability to command power and inspire confidence within the people around him, his softer more sensitive side and ability to stay humble and neutral to everyone. "My services which I have done the signiory shall out-tongue his complaints... I fetch my life and being from men of royal siege, and my demerits may speak unbonneted to as proud a fortune as this that I have reached..." Act 1 Scene 2, lines 21-24. Iago is here telling Othello that the Senator of Venice is unhappy with him marrying Desdemona his daughter and wants to see him immediately. Othello doesn't fear he may lose his newly found love, he is confident within himself and has faith in himself and in his love for Desdemona. Audiences would pick up on his confidence and self respect in this scene. Othello is nobly spoken, respectful and true to himself, his humble nature comes across in Act 1 Scene 3. "...And little of this great world can I speak...Yet by your gracious patience I will round unvarnished tale deliver..." Act 1, Scene 3, lines 86-90. Here he is about to explain to everyone present in the council chamber how he and Desdemona fell in love. The quote suggests his sincerity and that he speaks truthfully and is genuine. ...read more.

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He continues to make little curious comments to Othello about Desdemona, asking questions about Cassio's relationship with him and Desdemona. "Did Michael Cassio, when you wooed my lady, know of your love?" Act 3, Scene 3, line 93. Iago subtly plants it into Othello's mind that he has a motive for asking all of these questions about Cassio. And as Othello trusts him, so much and cares very much about Iago's 'honest' opinion he is intrigued and wants to know why Iago takes such an intrest to Desdemona's relationship with Cassio. "Nay, yet there's more in this. I prithee speak to me as to thy thinkings..." Othello will not let the subject drop until he has Iago's idea about Cassio. When Desdemona approaches Othello to discuss Cassio the audience can see how Iago's plans are slowly but perfectly coming together. Iago knows how suspicious it would look to Othello if Desdemona persistently sticks up for Cassio and asks him to give his position back. Although Othello assures Iago that he is not a jealous man and trusts his wife. We can see Othello starting to doubt himself aswel. He does not want to believe what Iago is suggesting and so puts on a brave face to show Iago there is nothing to worry about. "For she had eyes and chose me." Act 3, Scene 3 line 191. The audience can see that perhaps he is trying to convince himself that Desdemona is faithful and chose him rather then someone of her own race and class rather than Iago. Othello is slowly starting to believe Iago, the audience can see this when he allows Iago to advise him on a way of action to prove Desdemona's innocence or guilt. "I speak not yet of proof, look to your wife, observe her well with Cassio, wear your eyes thus..." Act 3, Scene 3, line198. This quote suggests that Iago knows he has almost gotten a hold of Othello and has him now vulnerable to new ideas. ...read more.

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It is not yet clear how but it is almost too predictable that Othello will take his vengance somehow. Othello now is the one who has his own ideas, Iago doesn't feed him anymore. "... Within these three days let me hear thee say that Cassio's not alive." Othello orders Iago to kill Cassio. The audience now know what is going on inside Othello's mind and how much Iago and Othello have become similar. The last lines in the scene I believe definitely prepare the audience for what is to occur in the rest of the play. They can see Othello's anger, hate and jealousy just as they saw the same in Iago at the beginning. Now as Othello reveals his plans to kill both of them the audience are most likely to be more and more frustrated seeing such a pure man be so corrupted by such a pure weakness. "Damn her, lewd minx! O, damn her, damn her! Come, go with me apart. I will withdraw to furnish me with some swift means of death for the fair devil. Now art thou my lieutenant." Othello refers to Desdemona as 'the fair devil' suggesting he thinks she was fake. Such a beautiful exterior, but a devil on her inside. He tells the audience he is going to kill Desdemona aswel, so as a sort of prologue the audience now know what is going to happen to Desdemona and Cassio but there is no hint that Othello will die aswel. Iago finally reaches his goal, he receives the position he was looking for all along. The audience can see how evil he is, the lives he has and is going to ruin just for a higher-ranking position. The whole scene slowly shows the audience Othello's transformation from upstanding ruler to jealous murderer. Shakespeare wanted to create a scene so full of irony and succeeded, the audience can help but to hate Iago as he is everything but what he claims to be. Farah Muman 12L English Coursework Miss Butt ...read more.

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