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How does Shakespeare show the 'seduction' of Othello by Iago in act III scene iii, through what the characters say and what the audience see?

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How does Shakespeare show the 'seduction' of Othello by Iago in act III scene iii, through what the characters say and what the audience see? Seduction is the act of persuading someone to think the way that you want them to, or to convince someone into a different state of mind. This is what basically what happens in act III scene iii, Iago is in total control of Othellos mind. He does this in a very suttle and discreet way. Which turns out to be a pivotal point in the play. And the rest of the play depends on how this crucial scene crescendos. It is a key point in the play because it is where othellos mind re-routes and Iagos whole plan rides on how this scene plays out. Scene ii of act III is intentionally short because Shakespeare intended it to show how much Othello is in power of both himself and other people. When a character can order people to do something on stage it means that they are in control because other people obey and respect them. "These letters give, Iago, to the pilot, And by him do my duties to senate. That done, I will be walking on the works; Repair there to me." This shows Othello in Act III scene ii telling people what to do, "these letters give", "Repair there to me". ...read more.

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The moor is of free and open nature, That thinks men are honest but seem to be so, And will as tenderly be led by th'nose As asses are." This is part of Iagos speech where he is hatching up his plan to taint Othellos forbidden love with Desdemona and snatch the rank of lieutenant from under his nose, with so much deceit and cunning that the other characters will not see that it was him. "Cassios a proper man let me see know" this means that Cassio is too good a Lieutenant to get stripped of his rank so Iago must think of a way he can do it. "To get his place ... in double knavery ... to abuse Othellos ear that he is too familiar with his wife" This is saying that Iago needs to get Cassios place, in double knavery means that he must attack Othello aswell in the same deed. To abuse Othellos ear means to say something that he will not like - to tell them that Cassio is a bit too familiar with his wife. When iago say he shall be led by th'nose as asses are it means that he will be as easily fooled as a mule. This is Iagos plan, to convince Othello that Cassio has been sleeping with Desdemona. He carries this out in Act III scene iii in a very distinct, clever way. ...read more.

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Which Iago replies "think, my lord?" He is still not giving him a straight answer because he doesn't want to tell Othello if Cassio is either honest or not, if he does tell him that Cassio is defiantly honest and hasn't had an affair with his wife Iagos plan will be ruined. On the other hand, if he tells Othello that Cassio is dishonest, Othello will suspect something because Iago is his meant Othellos and Cassios friend. So he must not give an answer and let Othello ponder over it. Another method of deception Iago uses against Othello is that Iago keeps reassuring Othello that he can trust him, on line 117 "My lord, you know I love you." Othello believes this and so he thinks, that because Iago is obedient to him, he is telling the truth. Because Othello still has some hope left in him for Desdemona he demands that Iago proves it to him on line 358 "Give me the ocular proof" then later Iago responds to this by saying it would be quite difficult to show you them together. On line 400 Iago states that that they would have to be as randy and lustful as animals to make love in front of his eyes; "it is impossible you should see this, were they as prime as goats, as hot as monkeys, as salt as wolves in pride, and fools as gross." All these means of deception Iago uses plus the false proof of Desdemonas handkerchief finally persuades Othello that Desdemona is having an affair with Cassio. ...read more.

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