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Othello Act 2, Scene 3

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Christina Williams Othello Act 2, Scene 3 In this section this situation is tense for the audience because they know that all the things that have happened are because of Iago's plan, despite the fact he is coming across as the nice guy to Cassio. Iago doesn't show his concealed anger towards Othello to Cassio but in this scene Iago's evil plan becomes clearer. Iago is a very cunning character and he adds tension to the play the audience know what he is planning but the other characters don't so they give him a lot of trust and respect. On the other hand there is Cassio who is the complete opposite. He is a kind hearted and trust worthy man with good intentions, but, he loses Othello's trust because he is easily led astray by Iago and then provoked by Roderigo. ...read more.


The repetition of 'reputation' shows how upset Cassio is; it makes the audience fell empathy towards Cassio because of his misfortune. Iago's answer to what Cassio has said says a lot about Iago's beliefs: 'Reputation is an idle and most false imposition; oft got without merit and lost without deserving.' This shows that Iago doesn't think a lot about reputation because it is given out without a person earning it and taken away in the same way. He believes it is too easily earned; therefore, it is meaningless in the first place. The way in which Cassio says goodbye to Iago will make the audience cringe: 'Good night honest Iago.' This shows that Iago is both cunning and convincing and that Cassio is very trusting because he believes that Iago has helped even though the situation is his fault in the first place. ...read more.


There are no complex words or sentences. The repetition of 'never' by Emilia shows that she is trying her hardest to make Othello believe her. Turn taking is used in this scene which is strange because of the pace. It would be expected that Othello would keep interrupting her until she gave him the answer that he was expecting to hear. However, the impression is given that when Emilia has finished talking then Othello jumps straight in after her and asks another question or gives another answer. The status is made clear between n the two because of the way Othello speaks to Emilia, he seems to have no respect for her: 'Your mystery, your mystery! Nay dispatch.' This shows that Othello is of a higher status than Emilia because he wouldn't talk to the Duke like he speaks to Emilia or Desdemona. ...read more.

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