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How does Shakespeare create dramatic impact in Act 3 Scene 3 of Othello?

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How does Shakespeare create dramatic impact in Act 3 Scene 3 of Othello? Othello is one of Shakespeare's later tragedies; considered to be both a political play and really a domestic tragedy. This is because the main focus of the play is the disastrous consequence of a marriage; the marriage being the one between Othello, a black mercenary soldier and Desdemona, a super-subtle Venetian woman, who have an unusually open relationship for the time. In the play the main character, Othello, is presented as a warrior, a lover, a husband, a general, a friend, and an outsider. This is important because we see his personality change throughout the play and we see these different roles come out in his character as it seems he cannot be all simultaneously, although this is what he strives for. In Shakespeare's Othello, dramatic impact is created throughout most of the acts: we see examples of this in many of the scenes throughout the play but most of all in Act 3 Scene 3 which is a pivotal part of the play. A prime example of dramatic impact in Act 3 Scene 3 is when we see Iago's manipulation of the other characters in the play. ...read more.

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The fact that Iago was annoyed about this is shown throughout the text as he is constantly planning to get back at Othello. One of Iago's schemes is when he plots to ruin Othello's marriage to Desdemona by framing her. The way in which Iago does this is by planting her handkerchief in Cassio's bed chambers, the dramatic function that this handkerchief has is that it creates dramatic irony. This is because the fact that Desdemona's handkerchief is in Cassio's bed chambers leads Othello to believe that Desdemona is guilty of an affair, however the audience have seen Iago's plan unwind and start to take action. This is effective as it keeps the audience hooked as they want to know what the outcome is; if she gets caught or not and they can emphasise as they know of her innocence. Furthermore, Othello holds very high opinions of himself. He models himself on somebody who is fighting to be accepted into society; so he knows that he is below other, white people in the Venetian social hierarchy - mainly black people; slaves and servants towards the bottom whereas wealthy white people and government towards the top, black people would usually be at the bottom of the hierarchy, which is why Othello feels he has to fight to be accepted. ...read more.

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This creates dramatic irony as the audience know what Iago is doing to Othello and cannot prevent him from believing such a thing. From the beginning of Act3 Scene3 Othello changes dramatically. We see him go from madly in love with Desdemona, having absolute faith in her and trusting her completely, to doubting her loyalty and sweetness by believing Iago's stories. Iago has completely changed Othello's character from good to bad. Even though Othello is the tragic hero in the play, the audience's opinions of him change massively; going from a reasonably calm man, to an 'animal'. They see him as an animal because Shakespeare builds up animalistic images and breaks down this stereotype when Othello first arrives, then we see him becoming an 'animal' and the mood of the audience and their views of Othello completely change. Overall the dramatic impact that is created throughout Act3 Scene3 is that of where the audience have had certain views thrust at them from the play and these views change and differ over the course of the proceedings. At times the audience are left shocked at what has happened and at times they are not surprised at all which is where the dramatic irony plays a part, they know what was coming. ?? ?? ?? ?? Hugo Gibbon 11Y ...read more.

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