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Othello - By William Shakespeare

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Othello - By William Shakespeare Act 3 Scene 3 In answering this coursework question I will be illustrating the dramatic significance in Act 3 Scene 3 to the rest of the play. Act 3 Scene 3 in one of the most crucial scenes in the play as we see Iago's poison working on Othello. His character is totally transformed by the end of the scene. I will also be investigating the scene's plot; the characters; the language and dramatic devices, used by Shakespeare and how they add to the scene's dramatic importance. One reason why this scene is significant is because it accelerates the plot. At the beginning of the scene, Iago plants the first seeds of suspicion into Othello's mind when he says: "Ha! I like not that", after Cassio and Desdemona were having a private, and more importantly, innocent conversation. ...read more.

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This shows the dramatic importance of how Iago's character has the ability to manipulate other characters; namely, Othello. Iago uses Othello's good nature to his advantage. Othello clearly trusts Iago; regularly categorising his as an "honest" fellow. Because Othello already thinks very highly of Iago, this gives Iago the advantage of setting himself up as Othello's confidant. By the end of this scene, Othello has complete and utter trust and faith in Iago. He is also very clever in the way he pinpoints Othello's insecurities and weaknesses. His weaknesses are the fact that he is black, whereas the other characters are Caucasian. His cultural background is different to the other characters; he is much older than the other characters, including Desdemona. All these factors together contribute to Iago's plan of making Othello feel like an outsider. This build up of anxiety adds to the dramatic importance of the scene, to the rest of the play. ...read more.

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A device, used by Shakespeare, called dramatic irony also adds tension and suspense to the play. The audience is made to know more then the character in the play and this play on the audience ensures a greater build up of tension. To conclude, Othello is a one of many tragedies, written by Shakespeare that all have the same characteristics. The central characters are usually high born, and in this case, Othello is a general in the army. This scene is a very significant scene in the play as the build up of tension is clearly seen within this scene. The tension build up is also increased, as the audience know what is gong to happen. The appropriateness of when Shakespeare chooses to exit characters and bring characters onstage is all key ingredients to how the drama is increased. Ultimately, the dramatic importance is vital to the plot of the story as we can clearly see a change in the state of the characters' minds; especially in Othello's. Bridget O'Reilly English GSCE ...read more.

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