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Why is act 3 scene 3 of Othello such a key scene in the story both in terms of the play and the development of drama?

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Why is act 3 scene 3 of Othello such a key scene in the story both in terms of the play and the development of drama? The play "Othello" was performed in 1606 at "The globe" theatre. Unfortunately due to the theatrical convention the cast could only be white male actors, meaning that Desdemona would have been played by a young white boy and Othello would have been played by a white man wearing makeup to alter the colour of his skin. Aristotle's convention says that the hero figure of the play would die, this means that the Jacobean audience would know that Othello was destined to die, but they would not expect the play to be contrasting to the ways and conventions of the Jacobean lifestyle. For example they would not have expected for the play to include people from an ethnic background and they especially wouldn't expect some one from an ethnic background to be the lover of a white woman. ...read more.


Othello starts to become suspicious at this point in the play. In this scene Iago asks Emilia to steal Desdemona's handkerchief. So another part of Iago's plan is complete. But bringing Emilia into the evil would eventually be the ruin of Iago. Othello had reached his peak due to Aristotle convention the hero must decline as a result of a tragic flaw. Shakespeare uses a clown this is often used to show evil is going to happen in the play. There is another appearance of a clown in scene four. I think this is appropriate as between the two appearances the evil is introduced into the play. The audience can now understand a deeper side to the theme of the play. In act three scene three Cassio is seen leaving Desdemona, Othello would probably not have thought anything of this but Iago puts the idea into Othello's head that Cassio is untrustworthy and this starts Othello's jealousy. ...read more.


Iago knows that Cassio knew of Othello's love for Desdemona. Iago also knows that Othello knew that Cassio knew of Othello's love for Desdemona. By arguing in Cassio's favor Iago is encouraging Othello to change his frame of mind into finding faults in Cassio and instantly laying the blame onto him. Act three scene three is such an important scene in the story line of Othello because it marks the start of the decline in Othello's power and the increase in jealousy in Othello's character. It is also the scene where Iago's plans to hurt, spite and ruin everybody is introduced into the play. The jealousy starts with Iago he is jealous of Othello's power and love for Desdemona. The plot is very complicated. Iago is using psychology to make his plans work. This play is very ahead of its time it explores ideas and techniques previously unexplored. Othello was a revolutionary and contrasting play to the Jacobean conventions and although uses techniques familiar to the time remains revolutionary. This play had a great impact on me, in my opinion this is one of the greatest works of literature Shakespeare ever wrote. ...read more.

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