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How important is Act III (iii) in William Shakespeare's 'Othello'?

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How important is Act III (iii) in William Shakespeare's 'Othello'? William Shakespeare's tragedy 'Othello' is a dramatic story about a highly respected coloured military general, Othello, whose life and marriage is slowly broken down by an evil and sadistic manipulator, Iago. As a result of Iago's successful plotting, Othello is degraded from a caring and loving husband to Iago's level, becoming jealous, violent, paranoic and malevolent along the way. Love, hate, jealousy and devotion all come together to create this epic and unforgettable play, written by the most infamous playwright of all time; William Shakespeare. Many people say that Act III (iii) in Shakespeare's play Othello is the most important scene throughout the entire play, because the main characters' personalities are revealed in their truest form of all, along with their plans and feelings. Strangely though, none of the characters' motives are revealed in this or any other scene, thus leaving the audience of the play guessing as to what drove the characters to perform the acts they ended up doing. The audience in Shakespeare's time would have been extremely gripped by this play because they would have been thinking about it more then than people would now. They would have tried to work out why this was happening to this person, what they were doing it for, why they were doing it, and so forth. ...read more.

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Another thing he says about his love towards Desdemona is one of the most important sentences in the whole scene: "and when I love thee not, chaos is come again" (we know that Othello does eventually fall out of love with Desdemona, and that in the end chaos does come. We also know that this is ominous and it is also the most important piece of dramatic irony in this scene). But due to Iago saying untruthful things about Desdemona, Othello becomes panicky, and slowly but surely his opinion and love for his wife begin to break down and become thoughts of suspicion and jealousy, and towards Cassio too; "If she be false, oh then Heaven mocks itself! I'll not believe it", "Let me know more- Set on thy wife to observe". But by the end of the scene, Othello is hideously and dramatically transformed from the once caring and loving husband and respectable military general, to the violent, confused and "green eyed monster". He no longer cares about his wife and her well-being, nor that of Cassio's; he just wants Cassio and Desdemona to pay for their supposed affair: "Damn her, lewd minx!" "Within these three days let me hear thee say that Cassio's not alive." But deep down, Othello is still very unconvinced about what Iago is saying, as shown later on in the play. Desdemona is the person on all the main characters' minds. ...read more.

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The scene closes on top of one of the castle's towers. On the top of the tower Iago and Othello are talking about what should be done about Cassio, but Branagh directs it so that when Iago declares, "I am your own forever" to Othello, they make a blood pack with each other by cutting their left hands with a knife and putting them together making them 'blood brothers'. This very cleverly shows how strongly Othello trusts Iago and that he believes in him and his word, so he makes his bond with Iago stronger by becoming a part of him. In my opinion Act III (iii) is the most important scene throughout the whole of the play. This is because I believe that you find out more about the leading characters in this scene than in any other throughout the play, Iago starts his plan to manipulate Othello which creates drama and interest, and also because it has the most memorable lines in it than any other, such as "I am your own forever" and "If she be false, Oh then Heaven mocks itself." All of these pieces come together to create an amazing story of love and heartache, and it shows us how people can be changed in hideous ways just by a small and false idea being put into their mind. ...read more.

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