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Why is Act 3 Scene 3 considered to be a very important and effective scene in Othello?

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Othello English Coursework Why is Act 3 Scene 3 considered to be a very important and effective scene in Othello? Act 3 Scene 3 is about Othello being told that Desdemona is cheating on Othello with Cassio, Othello is lied to and decides to kill her. The build up to this is very important and effective. At the beginning of this scene Cassio has been fired by Othello and is telling Desdemona how he feels, "I being absent and my place replaced". He is worried about being replaced. By saying this Desdemona assures Cassio that he will be on Othello's case bugging him, "My lord shall never rest", but this is just the build up which is added later on. Othello thinking she is cheating with Cassio. There is also dramatic irony, where she says "For thy solicitor shall rather die than give away", and ironically this happens. In the next part of the scene Iago is teasing Othello making him think that Casio has done something wrong "Ha! I like not that". This draws Othello's attention, making Othello want to know what Iago is trying to hide. ...read more.


Even after Iago is pressurizing the fact that Desdemona is cheating Othello isn't believing it " I do not think but Desdemona's honest". Then Iago pushes Othello and then Othello has his first doubt "Why did I marry." There is also a lot of back stabbing Cassio thinks that him and Iago are friends but he is telling Othello that he shouldn't get his job back he is up to something," For, sure he fills it up with great ability, Yet if you please hold off a while. You shall by that perceive him and his means." Othello suddenly gets lots of doubts it must be his fault his race "Haply , for I am black, and have not those soft parts of conversation that clamberers have." Then there is a turning point and Othello blames himself "Ian m to blame" Othello and Desdemona are talking and Desdemona drops her handkerchief but Emila picks it up." I am glad I have found the napkin", "My wayward husband hath a hundred times Woo'd me to steal it", Iago have asked her to steal it and it happens to be the perfect timing in his plan that he steals it. ...read more.


Iago lies about Cassio sleep talking about how he slept with Desdemona. Iago lies yet again but this time there is proof 'evidence' behind it. "She may be honest yet. Tell me but this: Spotted with strawberries in your wife's hand", Iago asks Othello about the hankie, "Such a handkerchief I am sure it was tour wife's- did I today see Cassio wipe his beard with. This is when all the deceit really begins Othello tells Iago to kill Cassio explicitly "Within these three days let me hear thee say that Cassio not alive". "Come go with me apart; I will withdraw to furnish me with some swift means of death for the fair devil. Now art thou my lieutenant." Othello now wants Desdemona dead and wants to plan the death and kill her himself. This is why Act 3 Scene 3 is considered to be important and effective. How Iago plots and plans his schemes of getting his job back and to see Othello's life be torn into pieces by himself. In this scene there is a lot of Dramatic Irony and suspense that really builds up the effect of the scene. ...read more.

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