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How does Iago make Othello jealous in Act 3 Scene 3?

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Introduction

Othello is a play about a black 'noble moor' having the perfect marriage'. This perfect marriage, however, is destroyed by another mans deception and trickery. The mans motives are unclear but through planting the seeds of suspicion into the moors mind his marriage dies and in its place jealousy and anger grows to the point of death. Othello is a general in the army of Venice. He is a Moor, a dark-skinned man born in Africa, and has risen through the ranks of the Venetian army through hard work and success in battle and Desdemona is a loyal, faithful, and passionately loves Othello and she is from Venice. Iago is Othello's sword-bearer. He has been passed over for the position of Lieutenant, and this draws out his evil nature. He feels that he has been wronged and cannot accept the position that Othello gives him. The first scene showing Iago first planting seeds in Othello's mind is when the scene opens with Cassio receiving Desdemona's promise of help before taking his leave, which Iago set up. This is when he Iago starts by saying, "Ha!, I like not that" in line 35 and in line 40 "steal away so guilty like". ...read more.

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He then directly links Cassio and Desdemona, "Observe her well with Cassio;" He say's this because he knows that she will be irritating Othello to re-instate Cassio and Desdemona will not take "no" for an answer until Othello says "yes" then Othello will know that Desdemona has feelings for Cassio. He also refers to Desdemona's deception of her own father, implying she is also capable of deceiving a husband by saying, "She did deceive her father, marrying you". Othello has no idea of the significance of these statements, and so neglects to take them to heart. Othello then begins to say that he believes his wife is virtuous, which means that Iago finally addresses her directly, and further misleads Othello. Iago makes himself seem innocent by getting close to Cassio and Othello be becoming their friends. He sticks up for them when they are around but when their backs are turned he uses and destroys them. He gets close so they "trust" him, as Othello often said, "Honest Iago". Right from the start of the play Iago makes his intentions clear; "I follow him to serve my turn upon him". ...read more.

Conclusion

Of course he knows that this handkerchief is one of Othello's dearest presents to Desdemona and since he has the handkerchief he knows that if Othello asks Desdemona for it she will not be able to produce it. Iago's monstrous fabrication seems to Othello more real than reality itself. He is enraged and curses his beloved: "Damn her... O damn her". Othello cries out for blood. He kneels and vows to heaven that he will take his revenge on Desdemona and Cassio, and Iago kneels with him, vowing to help execute his master's vengeance. We know Othello is convinced because he promotes Iago to lieutenant. Thus, we can see that while Iago hatched the plot carefully and carried it out using other characters, Othello sealed his own fate by being too trusting, too socially, and too emotionally insecure. Iago is succeeding in making Othello evil. By the end of this scene, Othello no longer recognizes Desdemona as human, calling her a "devil" (479). His primary concern is not for her alleged infidelity, it is for his personal peace of mind. He is hurt by her adultery not because it means he has lost her but because of its nefarious effects on his pride. ...read more.

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