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In Act 3 Scene 3, we can see that Iagos plan of revenge is on progress. He lies and cleverly persuades Othello to believe that his wife Desdemona is having an affair with Cassio

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Othello The play, 'Othello', written in the 17th century by William Shakespeare is a tragic play which involves romance, love, murder and deceit. 'Iago', one of the main characters, other than Othello, is very cunning and manipulative person. He is very sly in his ways and he will do anything to be more powerful, not caring about whom he hurts in the process. In Act 3 Scene 3, we can see that Iago's plan of revenge is on progress. He lies and cleverly persuades Othello to believe that his wife Desdemona is having an affair with Cassio and he also involves Roderigo and Emilia in his plotting. Iago is further assisted in this by Desdemona chance of dropping handkerchief of great sentimental value given to her by Othello. Othello commits himself to revenge wanting Iago to plan Cassio's death while he plans to kill Desdemona. Thus, this scene is important because it is showing us turning points of different characters. Othello who appears to be good and less tempered in previous acts is now angry and obsessed with revenge and vulnerable in this act. So, we can see a sudden change in Othello's character. After reading the act, audience is convinced and can predict that the play will end tragedically because these scenes have no going back for Othello. The audience responds in different ways. ...read more.

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Othello would leap up and say this angrily, while Iago would remain calm and innocent. By this time, Othello has already been thrown off balance, and by repeating Iago's words, it is like he is turning into a form of Iago. Othello ends his outburst with 'if thou dost love me, show me thy thought? Iago then goes on to say, My lord, you know I love you.' He is trying to make Othello believe that Iago is not trying to hurt him. Ironically, Othello replies with, ''I think thou dost; And for I know thou'rt full of love and honesty'' This shows how much trust Othello has in Iago, and that he values his opinion. Also very ironic, is when Iago says, I do beseech you, Though I perchance am vicious in my guess, As, I confess, it is my nature's plague To spy into abuses, and of my jealousy Shape faults that are not... In these lines, Iago is showing his true colours.Iago is artful, and has studied human nature deeply. He knows that the pain of jealousy is the most intolerable. If he could succeed in making Othello jealous of Cassio, he thinks it would be an 'exquisite' revenge, and may end in the death of Cassio or Othello, or both; he does not care. After Iago has built up tension in Othello, he says, 'it is the green-eyed monster which doth mock the meat it feeds on? ...read more.

Conclusion

His speech has changed into more violent language and he uses words like 'Death and damnation! O!' as Iago would, as if he is turning into him. Iago refers to sexual terms with crudity by saying things like, 'behold her topp'd' This makes Othello even more frustrated with matters. But Iago cunningly makes hypocritical exclamations about his honesty, saying, O world! To be direct and honest is not safe. I thank you for this profit, and from hence I'll love no friend, sith love breeds such offence' Othello calls the honorable Desdemona a 'fair devil and a lewd minx' His belief towards Desdemona changes and he enters a pact with Iago and kills her. Iago's role in the play is to manipulate everyone in, especially those better than him. He is a bully and extremely two-faced person. After losing all of his control at the end of the play, he says, From this time forth, I never will speak word? In the play, Iago has relied on language to manipulate, but now it has deserted him because his plotting is revealed by he wife, whom he treats so badly. Othello, by this time has smothered his wife, who now plainly sees that he was no better than a murderer when he discovered that Iago had made him to commit this and that his wife had been ever faithful to him; the extreme anguish of this discovery made him to commit suicide on top of Desdemona. KUNAL RASTOGI 11 BOU 1 ...read more.

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