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Looking at Act 3 scene 3 in detail trace Othellos journey from trusting Desdemona completely to expressing hatred and loathing for her in this scene. Examine in detail exactly how Iago manipulates Othello into this changing attitude.

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Looking at Act 3 scene 3 in detail trace Othellos journey from trusting Desdemona completely to expressing hatred and loathing for her in this scene. Examine in detail exactly how Iago manipulates Othello into this changing attitude. Iago begins by saying "I did not think he had been acquainted with her". Here Iago is using subtle tactics and pretends to be reluctant to believe an affair but is infact knowingly emphasizing it. He holds back his thoughts and lets Othello try to convince him into saying them. "I dare be sworn I think that he is honest" By playing this sly game it makes Othello more suspicious. Iago also repeats Othellos words and evokes suspicion "by heaven , he echoes me, As if there were some monster in his thought" by pretending to be reluctant to tell him, Othello will in turn want to know more, doing this gives a sense Iago is hiding something but does not want to hurt Othello. Also by doing this Iago keeps up his good name of being "Honest Iago" and Othello maintains trust in him which makes him even more likely to believe his doubts of Desdemona's infidelity. ...read more.

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"To say my wife is fair, feeds well, loves company". In this scene Iago also highlights Desdemona has attractive qualities, other men will want her but at this point Othello trusts Desdemona and claims "For she had eyes and chose me". Whilst Iago persists to put queries in Othello's mind, you can tell from Othellos speech he is asking himself the same questions. Cassio has interest in Desdemona because she can help him to regain his position as Othellos lieutenant "Good Cassio, I will do all my abilities in thy behalf". However Iago ingeniously sees him as the ideal person to use in his plan to enrage Othello. Iago knows Othello would see Cassio as a threat as he is a fine, young handsome man. Iago continues his manipulation, here we are reminded of an assertion that Brabantio makes in the first act. "look to her moor, if thou has eyes to see: she has deceived her father and may thee". Here Iago is warning Othello, since he has been deceived by his daughter's lies and he is intimating that she may well do the same to him enforcing Iagos aim to convince Othello his wife is not trustworthy and will be unfaithful. ...read more.

Conclusion

"Let me know more; Set on thy wife to observe" Iago though says to give it time "scan this thing no farther. Leave it to time" he is telling Othello to not think badly of Des and that he could be wrong about her and Cassio but that time will tell. However Othello is too far set on believing she has done wrong and expresses hatred for her. In his soliloquy he reveals "I am abused, and my relief must be to loathe her", Iago is able to see Othello's trusting nature and gullibility and close friendship with him in order for him to believe all he says and turn a loving husband into the green eyed monster. Othello as a tragic hero, according to the typical mould, must have a fatal flaw that brings about his downfall. In line 198 Iago highlights his flaw this being his "free and noble nature" He exploits Othello's insecurities and plays on his feelings of alienation from the society and background of Desdemona and Venetian women. The "green eyed monster" becomes a symbol representing Othello's dark feelings, a thought in his mind and beginning to make him think differently. ...read more.

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