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On line 90, Othello says "Perdition catch me soul that I do love thee". By line 443, he says, "All my fond love, thus do I blow to heaven". Examine how Iago brings about this change.

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Introduction

On line 90, Othello says "Perdition catch me soul that I do love thee". By line 443, he says, "All my fond love, thus do I blow to heaven". Examine how Iago brings about this change. Act three, according to the traditional structure of Shakespearean Tragedies, contained the play's climax. In the case of 'Othello', act three, scene three is the key scene of this act and consequently, also of the play. As the title suggests, during this scene Shakespeare portrays the very great power Iago has over Othello and his masterful management of the Moor and also of events, all of which he combines to cause a great change in Othello's feeling, emotions, and some would say, his very character. From Iago and Othello's entrance in act three, scene three, Iago is manipulating Othello's emotions. He uses a wide variety of techniques, the first being the highly suggestive holding back of information. As early as line 36, Iago is subtly suggesting that there was something suspicious in Cassio's actions. By withholding information, Iago forces Othello to come to his own conclusion as to what was suspicious. People are, in general, more likely to support an idea if it was one of their own, so by making Othello suggest Cassio's guilt, he is therefore more likely to believe it later on. ...read more.

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This introduces the theme of reputation into this major scene. Early on in the scene, we see Iago planting images in Othello's head, but on line 163, Iago suggests an emotion instead. He is stilly shying away from telling Othello his 'suspicions' about Cassio, so instead he changes the subject, and takes an alternative path of manipulation; this time an emotional one. Using mock passion and drama, with no prior warning or provocation, Iago declares; "O, beware, my lord, of jealousy! It is the green-eyed monster, which doth mock The meat it feeds on" As we have seen before, this is an idea that has not occurred to Othello, jet through Iago's suggesting of it, it is suggested that this is what he should be feeling. Iago also plants the idea of a "cucold", someone who's partner has slept away from him. This image is one that Othello later, cannot get out of the forefront of his mind. Iago has still not told Othello anything directly, he is still implying and suggesting everything. The purpose of this is that his plan will work best if the ideas and suspicions occur to Othello himself. ...read more.

Conclusion

It is a testament to how angry and irrational Othello has become, that he does not pick up on this irregularity. Iago also cites the handkerchief as proof, suggesting that he saw Cassio with it; this is after having ensured that Cassio would find it in his quarters. In this further proof, there is evidence that Iago is delighting in tormenting Othello. This 'proof' of Iago's is the final straw for Othello, declaring an end to his love for Desdemona. There is a very great change in not only the feelings of Othello, but also the language and almost the character of Othello throughout this scene. Critics have debated the extent of the role of Iago in this change and some are inclined to lay a considerable share of the blame on Othello, his personality and his weaknesses rather than on Iago's manipulation and exploitation of these. Grandville Barker describes Iago's methods as "perverting the imagination" of Othello and to a large extent I agree with this statement. Because of the careful methods employed by Iago, the conclusions that Othello arrives at are generally his own, drawn from his own imagination, carefully steered and guided by Iago. ...read more.

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