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It is clear that throughout Act 3 Scene 3 Iago is successful in turning Othello from the loving partner of Desdemona into an untrusting

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Othello English Coursework: Why is Iago so successful in this scene, turning Othello from a loving husband to one who contemplates Desdemona's death? It is clear that throughout Act 3 Scene 3 Iago is successful in turning Othello from the loving partner of Desdemona into an untrusting killer of his lover. We can see Othello's true love for Desdemona when he says that Desdemona is the part of his life that makes everything else in life feel unimportant in comparison; "...when I love thee not, chaos is come again..."This is said by Othello at the beginning of the scene, which shows us how Othello starts this scene believing that he holds an honest relationship with Desdemona. However Iago changes that threw out this scene so that Othello ends up not believing a word that comes out of Desdemona mouth, this results in Othello stopping Desdemona from speaking at all. Iago is very cunning in the techniques that he uses in order to convince Othello that Desdemona does not truly loving him as much as she says she does. ...read more.


For example about midway through the scene Othello gives an innocent laugh - "Ha!" This is immediately twisted by Iago; "Oh, beware, my lord, of jealousy" this suggests to Othello that Iago might know that there is something to be jealous of. It is very surprising that Iago is so successful at completely changing Othello's love for Desdemona into such pure hatred in such a short period of time. Shakespeare manages to complete this change in just a single scene. This may lead you to think that Iago would need to be very clear in his wanting of the break up of Othello and Desdemona, but this is not the case. Iago is actually very careful in making sure that Othello maintains his trust in Iago, he does this through the use of carefully selected words which allow him to put evil thoughts into Othello's mind, about Cassio and Desdemona, without directly saying it. This allows Iago to create the idea that he knows Cassio and Desdemona are having a sexual relationship without Othello suspecting him of making it up. ...read more.


But clearly he does not care much about either of these, as shown by the ignorance and lack of attention he gives his wife - "Foolish wife" shows that Iago clearly does not think very respectfully of his wife. We know that Iago is not just looking for revenge on Othello, because if he was then he could have simply just killed Desdemona himself. But truthfully for Iago he treats it like a game; he wants to test how much he can turn Othello against Desdemona, without Othello suspecting Iago of being dishonest. Othello refers to Iago as "Honest Iago" showing how well Iago has kept Othello's trust throughout the scene. In conclusion, that is why Iago is so successful in this scene at twisting Othello's thoughts because the scene holds the perfect combination of both Othello's flaws and Iago's subtle manipulation. This allows Iago to target these insecurities of Othello in order to put evil thoughts into Othello's mind without Othello realizing that Iago was even trying to hint at something. However the most important of Othello's flaws is his trust in Iago. Again Iago uses this to his advantage to turn Othello completely against without even quizzing Desdemona to ask her opinion about what Iago was claiming ...read more.

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