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This is a pivotal scene in the play. Before it begins Othello was blissfully in love with Desdemona. By the end he is devising means to kill her. Discuss how this transformation comes about

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This is a pivotal scene in the play. Before it begins Othello was blissfully in love with Desdemona. By the end he is devising means to kill her. Discuss how this transformation comes about: Act 3 scene 3 Othello is a tragedy written by William Shakespeare in 1603. It was Shakespeare's most popular plays and had a universal theme of love. Many believe that the on going success of the play is down to this. The themes of jealousy, friendship, honesty and racism are also explored. It is about the destruction of a black nobleman, Othello, and his marriage to Desdemona. At the beginning of the play, Othello appears to be blissfully in love with Desdemona. The audience become aware of this mutual love between them, when Othello confidently says, "let her speak of me before her father". This reveals his belief in Desdemona being his equal (recognising her opinion), but also the basis of which their marriage, love for one another. Their closeness becomes apparent however the strength of their love for one another becomes common knowledge. ...read more.


The consistent metaphor used for jealousy is "cock-old". Shakespeare has used this as it reminds the audience that jealousy makes a fool of the person it ravages. In this scene Othello loses the ability to make rational judgements. He does not give Desdemona the benefit of the doubt suggesting the lack of trust in the relationship, "Why did I marry?" Although the audience can see that Othello does not want to believe Iago the violence and disturbing nature of his words suggest otherwise, "Villian, be sure thou prove my love a whore". His ideas suggest that Iagos's powers of manipulation are winning. Iago exploits Othello's insecurities and uses them to his advantage. Through these means he is able to distort Othello's mind therefore his world. Iago casts a shadow upon Desdemona's character, through which Othello is made to feel his honour is threatened, in turn Othello views his blackness in a negative in a negative light. Othello believed before that Desdemona "chose" him, however through Iago's manipulation, he becomes aware that Desdemona sees Othello as being "fair" despite his skin. This introduces the heavily ironic themes in this play. ...read more.


He sets himself up as an expert on Venetian women, "I know our country disposition". He constantly reminds Othello that Desdemona "chose" him, however she could have made a more natural choice. Also on many occasions Iago succeeds in gaining Othello's trust as he puts on an appearance of being "honest". In addition he pretends to be Iago's friend, "My lord I know, I love you" Iago claims that honours Othello's "free and noble nature" as he himself would not have such tolerance. Iago's views on Venetian women are that they do not show their husbands the highest idea of morality, "They dare not show their husbands. Their best conscience" He also echo's Brabantio's earlier words by saying, "And when she seemed to shake and fear your looks she loved them most". Furthermore he advocates the importance of reputation, which contradicts his earlier statements. Iago is a manipulative character in this play. Shakespeare has created a character who believes that life is a game and everyone is a pawn like in game of chess. Othello cannot overcome the jealousy which is representative of human nature and that it is easier to believe the worst than give people the benefit of the doubt. ...read more.

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