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Othello - Discuss and Analyse the Passage 3.3.294 to 3.3.341

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Discuss and Analyse the Passage 3.3.294 to 3.3.341 The passage starts with Emilia, Iago's wife, entering into a soliloquy and she comments that she is glad she has 'found this napkin', which refers to Desdemona's handkerchief that was her first present given to her from Othello. Emilia's use of the word 'wayward' to describe her husband, Iago, suggests that she knew of his character and that he was very sell-willed and unruly; this is a true feature of Iago. She could know so much of his character after being with him for so long, she now notices what he is like. However, Emila shows that she, like others, does not know of Iago's true conniving character as she says about the handkerchief, "what he will do with it, Heaven knows, not I," This illustrates that she has no idea of Iago's plans for the destruction of everyone around him. Emilia comments that Iago had 'wooed' her to steal the handkerchief from Desdemona, but she had not done so because she knew of its significance and importance to Desdemona. ...read more.


Through the use of the word 'common' Iago suggests ordinary and regularly occurring - this could also be an insult to Othello and Desdemona. The word 'foolish' suggest that Iago sees his wife as an object and a hindrance to himself. Emilia appears to be used to these types of comments from Iago as she says, "O, is that all?" She seems to be sarcastic in this remark, which implies that she does not care what Iago thinks of her, and suggests that she expects more insults. Iago appears to be unaware that others can act as he does. He demonstrates his shock when he thinks that Emilia stole the handkerchief from Desdemona, "Hast stolen it from her?" He seems genuinely surprised that Emilia could do such an act. However, she not steal it and asks Iago to have 'faith' in her. This indicates that even though she doesn't care what he thinks she doesn't want him to think that she stole it. ...read more.


Iago snatched the handkerchief from Emilia, which implies he was afraid that he couldn't get it any other way, as Emilia was so reluctant to steal it in the first place. Emilia shows concern and does feel sorry for Desdemona - this is shown when she calls her a 'poor lady'. Iago likes to dominate Emilia and in many respects uses her quite badly. Throughout their conversation Iago's attitude towards Emilia has no respect. He doesn't talk to her like a husband but more like an employer. The language between Iago and Emilia in this scene portrays them not to be man and wife as they do not talk to each other as if they were married; they do not express love and affection for each other; there seems to be no trust or affection on either side. This is shown also when Iago comments earlier in the play, "She puts her tongue a little in her heart And chides with thinking." During Iago's soliloquy he uses many references to medicine through the words 'poison', 'distaste' and 'blood'. All these words refer to his plan and his vengeance against Othello. ...read more.

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