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In The Shakespeare Play 'Othello'

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The Importance Of Act Three Scene Three In The Shakespeare Play 'Othello' Act III Scene III is the most important in the play. It is the famous corruption scene and takes place in the citadel's garden. It is here that Iago's plan goes from in his head into Othello's head. He finally unleashes his plan and it only takes one scene for Othello to be convinced that Desdemona is unfaithful. The scene is central to the play both in time and in action. During these events relationships change, which can be never go back to the way they were. Major changes in character occur, for example Iago finally takes control of Othello. This scene is pivotal; the plot takes a full turn. Relationships between characters are good up to this point; however, it is after these events that Othello despises those close to him, excluding Iago, who has full control of Othello's head. This scene begins with Desdemona, Emilia and Cassio in discussion. Desdemona explains that she will plead with Othello in order to get Cassio's job back as lieutenant. This was planned by Iago, telling Cassio to ask Desdemona to ask for his job back, as this will play into Iago's hands when he is corrupting Othello's mind. When Desdemona does this Iago simply implies that she is in love with Cassio and that is the reason. The actual reason is that Desdemona is a caring, sweet person, who believes Cassio deserves his job back. Othello didn't originally want to fire Cassio, but felt he had to. ...read more.


Othello says he isn't moved, and still believes Desdemona is still honest. Iago then proposes that Desdemona must be odd to turn down all the rich Venetian men and that she will go with anyone. Othello then uses Iago as a 'detective' to see what is really going on with his wife and Iago goes. This now is one of the few times in the play Othello is left on his own. He wonders why he married which is a strong reflection on his thoughts. He now believes Desdemona is unfaithful. He also believes Iago knows more than he is letting on. Iago then re-enters saying they are on their way. He says if Desdemona asks for Cassio to be re-instated it is conclusive evidence they are having an affair. Othello then says he will keep his self-control, and Iago again takes his leave. This is only Othello's second soliloquy in the whole play so far. In this he basically says that he will leave Desdemona if he finds out she is unfaithful. He uses bird imagery to describe this. At this point Othello is still speaking normally and uses blank verse, a sign he is still in control, but later in the scene when he loses it he begins to speak in prose, as Iago speaks during the play. This is a sad soliloquy in which the audience would feel sorry for Othello. He says he is black and old and it is no wonder she had an affair. ...read more.


In loving the other characters, when Iago does this for Othello, Othello will hold him in high respect for it. Iago then introduces the handkerchief to the scene. He acts as if he knows nothing about it "have you not sometimes seen a handkerchief spotted with strawberries in your wife's hand?" Othello tells him it was his first gift to Desdemona, Iago then says he saw Cassio wipe his beard with it. This drives Othello mad. The handkerchief was a sign of their eternal love, and she is using it as if it means nothing, or that is what Iago is implying. Othello now wants revenge. He hasn't stopped loving Desdemona, but feels after what she has supposedly done, he has no choice. He sees killing Desdemona as a good thing; he has a lust to kill her. Othello kneels and swears to heaven he will kill both Desdemona and Cassio, and Iago know kneels with him. They are treating it as if it was a crusade it has to be done. Othello then tells Iago to kill Cassio, to which Iago replies, it is as good as done, "But let her live" almost saying to Othello, kill her. Othello then says he will kill her and Iago is his new lieutenant. Othello is now completely in Iago's hands. This scene is the most important in the play as everything in the play evolves around this scene, and Othello is corrupted in the scene of evil and deception. Adam Warburton - Year 11 GCSE Coursework - Othello Page 1 ...read more.

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