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How does Shakespeare develop the theme of deception in Act 3 Scene 3?

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Othello Essay How does Shakespeare develop the theme of deception in Act 3 Scene 3? At the beginning of the play we see Iago intending to deceive the other characters and his hatred of Othello. By Act 3 Scene 3, Iago has persuaded Cassio to go to Desdemona to ask her to help him get his job back as Othello's lieutenant. In the opening of Act 3 Scene 3, Cassio, Desdemona and Emilia are discussing Cassio's role. "I warrant it grieves my husband as if the cause were his". When Emilia says this in their discussion there is dramatic irony because the audience know that Iago was the cause of Cassio losing his job. We also know from earlier in the play of how devious Iago is and how much he hates Iago. Iago insults Othello using comments such as "Old black ram" and "His Moorship", these are to do with Othello being black. ...read more.

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This then leads to Iago's next deceit as he begins to trick Othello into thinking that Cassio and Desdemona are having an affair. Iago eventually changes Othello's character, Othello becomes like Iago, using "[aside]" and swearing. During these tricks Iago has made himself look to the characters like a trustworthy friend, when he is actually stabbing them in the back. I feel Iago is the most persuasive character; he is the character that writes the main plot. During Act 3 Scene 3 the tension changes and reaches a peak. At the beginning of Act 3 Scene 3 the tension rises slightly from Scene 2 as Iago's evil plotting against Cassio takes place, It then rises more when Iago makes sure Othello misconstrues Cassio's rapid exit, "Madam I'll take my leave.", "Ha! I like not that.". Desdemona then raises the tension by attempting to persuade Othello to reinstate Cassio to his role of lieutenant and feeding Iago's plan. ...read more.

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Several officials arrive with Iago and Emilia immediately accuses her husband. Othello runs at Iago, Iago stabs Emilia and flees chased by the officials. After catching Iago they arrive back on the scene with Iago in chains and a wounded Cassio. Othello wounds but does not kill Iago, lashes out at Lodovico, an official, by accident and then stabs himself to death as he has lost everything. Iago is told he will face execution. Through this Scene we see that Othello is guilty of Desdemona's murder. He was naive, trusted Iago and was emotionally unstable. He acted on impulse instead of fact. His jealousy drove him to the act. Yet if it were not for Iago, Othello would not have felt these things. His lack of self-confidence and his jealousy of others drove him to commit several devious tricks. He tricked Cassio into believing the best way to get back his job was through Desdemona and he tricked Othello into believing Desdemona and Cassio were having an affair by making up Cassio's dream of Desdemona, using the mislaid handkerchief and using reverse psychology to install doubt. ...read more.

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