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Shakespeare Coursework Othello Why is act 3 scene 3 significant in terms of character and dramatic power? Act 3 scenes 3 is the most fundamental scene in the play as it depicts the huge transformation in Othello's character. Othello goes from an eloquent, well-spoken man to a sour, foul and offensive beast; he looses his self-respect in effect of him being led on by the pretentious, manipulative Iago. The use of dramatic devices creates suspense as it build up on tension and drama. "Tis not to make me jealous to say my wife is fair, feeds well, loves company, is free of speech, sings, plays and dances well." Othello is saying that he is not spurring any form of resentment towards his wife Desdemona because, it doesn't make him jealous to say his wife seems so perfect, she choose him over every other man. This shows that Othello is infatuated with Desdemona and wouldn't doubt for a second her sincerity. At the start of the scene, Othello appears to be a sweet, calm and pleasant individual who truly loves wife "not now sweet Desdemona" this indicates how smitten Othello is with his wife and shows that his love for her is pure and undeniable. "Not much mov'd. I do not think but Desdemona's honest" this shows that Othello believes Desdemona is honest and wouldn't qualm her faithfulness for an instant. Othello is to have all devotion in Desdemona; his fancy to her is enticed and he couldn't function without her. ...read more.


Swell, bosom, with thy fraught, for 'tis of aspics' tongues!" Othello is saying all the love I has given to my wife was a waste, I am a black man which is a downfall and all this beautiful love I have given has turned into hate because of all these dreary men. This illustrates that Othello is feeling insecure and holds much fury towards the fact his life has been wasted on untrue love for a women that is out of his league. Iago tries to make it seem as if though he can't stomach the thought of his friend being lied to and betrayed. Because Iago's plan is becoming increasingly triumphant he becomes even more cold-blooded and shows no sense of remorse to hurting anyone to fulfil his plans. This therefore, has a huge impact on Othello as a person, as he starts to become even wearier of everyone around him; his paranoia builds up and he looses trust in everyone. Othello knows that he will never go back to the person he originally was because Desdemona has ruined his chances of happiness. Evidence of this can be shown where Othello says, "Never, Iago. Like to the Pontic Sea, Whose icy current and compulsive course Ne'er feels retiring ebb, but keeps due on to the Propontic and the Hellespont: even so my bloody thoughts, with violent pace, shall ne'er look back." By this Othello is stating that he will never live-off the fact that he was once cheated on and will hold on to the bad thoughts but will never go back to the lies and treachery. ...read more.


The beliefs and values that Shakespeare makes known, are the same beliefs and values accepted by the Elizabethan's of the 16th century. The fact that there are a limited number of black people in the play, already discloses the fact of their being racial issues presented. During the Elizabethan times, it was thought that rational thinking was the only factor as to why there was a division between humanity and animals. During these times, it was seen as wrong and negative to have emotions because emotions had the ability to destroy people intensively. An example of this can be found where, Othello started off as a man who was in love with his wife Desdemona; he referred to her as 'sweet Desdemona' yet his feelings towards her changed as his passion he shared with her went; this messed with his emotions and he became depressed and disheartened. This shows that having emotions can damage a person because if a person clutters your emotions then you could reach a point where you are unstable and low. During the Elizabethan time, people were very religious and followed many religious beliefs. These people though life was very precious as it was given to them by God and for these reasons, should be respected and thought of as valuable. An important scene in the play was when Othello murdered Desdemona; this would be seen as sinful as Othello has taken someone's life and for that he would uphold severe punishment. Othello could have also been classed as doing wrong before because he'd killed so many people whilst being a soldier however, this wouldn't be seen as negative because it was during wartime. ?? ?? ?? ?? Sakaynah Hunter 11f ...read more.

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