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In Othello, Why is Act 3 Scene 3, the Pivotal Scene

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In Othello, Why is Act 3 Scene 3, the Pivotal Scene "Othello" is written by William Shakespeare in 1602. The leading roles of the performance are Othello who is the main protagonist, Desdemona who is Othello's wife and Iago Othello's so called friend and ancient but also the iconoclast, but throughout the course of the play we find this very much untrue. Othello is another tragic hero created by William Shakespeare to join others such as "Hamlet" and "Macbeth". He has been titled "the tragic hero" because at the beginning of the play we see him as a kind, loving husband who cares for deeply for his wife which was special as at that time a man who respected his wife as much as Othello did to Desdemona was very rare. In the play we also see how Iago treats his wife and the massive differences between these two men, but in the end Othello's persona is manipulated into someone who is evil and hatred-filled man, this is when we see similarities between himself and Iago. In this essay I will discuss why Act 3 Scene 3 is such an imperative part of the play. ...read more.

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therefore he had no clear or justifiable reason, but there may have been the fact that Roderigo was paying Iago hefty sums of money to make Desdemona love him and Iago must have thought that the only way he could get Desdemona to love Roderigo was to create a web of lies and hope Desdemona would leave Othello. Iago's real personality began to shine through in Act 3 Scene 3 but we had seen some glimpses of this before right at the start in Scene 1 where he and Roderigo are talking to Brabantio, Desdemona's father, and Iago has just found out that Othello and Desdemona are having sexual relations and he shouts out to Brabantio "the old black ram is tupping your white ewe" this is racial slur on Othello and it means they are having sexual intercourse, today there would be uproar if a quote like this was used in a sitcom or soap but in the time this was made this statement would have been totally acceptable because black people were seen as inferior to white people, this quote represents how Iago uses bestial language when referring to or a person's racial origin. ...read more.

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This incensed Othello and he said that now he wanted to kill Cassio himself whereas at first he wanted Iago to do it so Iago got what he wanted again without having to get his hands dirty himself. Seeing as Act 3 Scene 3 was an intense scene they would try and relieve tension by sending people on dressed comically and they would do silly things such as falling over. This also gave actors some time to prepare for another big scene that was coming up. The outcome of the play was predictable because we knew how angry he was and it would eventually end up in a confrontation between himself and Desdemona. Othello killed Desdemona and also Iago killed his own wife Emilia to keep her quiet, he stabbed her from behind which proved he was a coward, when Othello killed Desdemona he turned back to the man he was before Iago influenced him, he suddenly realised he had been duped by Iago but it was too late and that was the point where he killed himself. Iago's plan had worked perfectly because he got revenge on Othello. Act 3 Scene 3 was pivotal in this play because we see Othello change from a noble, loving man to an angry, frustrated, murderous tragic hero. ?? ?? ?? ?? Joe Kelly ...read more.

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