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Literary Analysis: Act 3 Scene 3 Othello

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melinda smythe

on 11 December 2012

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Timeline Literary Analysis : Othello
Act 3 Scene 3 By: Kathy, Melinda, Kyle and Anthony This is the scene that kick starts the play in terms of Othello becoming corrupted by Iago. This corruption ultimately leads to Othello’s downfall. •The tone is set so that something bad will ensue when Othello says at the beginning of the scene “3.3.90-93”. •Desdemona gets closer to Cassio, which makes things worse for both Othello and Desdemona, this further fuels Othello’s fire. Iago also gets closer to Othello as he tries to convince Othello that Cassio is with Desdemona and that he himself is doing what’s best for Othello •One error/inconsistency is that as Iago is telling Othello about Cassio he mentions that Cassio had Desdemona’s handkerchief however Othello seconds before had just seen Desdemona with her handkerchief. •Some strengths of the scene are the powerful and cleverly written dialogue moments between Othello and Iago. •In terms of timing the scene is broken into several parts first the dialogue between Desdemona and Casio (Cassio is convincing Desdemona to ask Othello to pardon him). Next Iago begins to talk to Othello. Then Othello leaves Iago to speak to Desdemona (he is slightly irritated and suspicious). Lastly, Iago continues to talk to Othello, and by the end of the conversation/scene Othello decides to kill Desdemona and Cassio. •The importance of the segmentation of the conversations between both Othello and Desdemona and Othello and Iago are to show the effects Iago had on Othello and his thought process. Various Developments
Most important part of the entire play, Iago's plan comes together Anticipations are reached and manipulations of Iago's plan unfold
without this scene the play and plot would be impossible
this long scene gives Othello time to start believing Iago, and become very angry Absolute climax of the play In the beginning of Scene 3, Iago uses manipulation of jealousy and reliable evidence to trick Othello Using the various manipulations playing on Othello's jealousy towards Cassio and Desdemona's advocation for Cassio, Shakespeare has perfectly led the play to a climax. Specifically between two antagonist characters, Othello and Desdemona It is perfect timing that Othello is convinced of Desdemona's corruptions of the lost handkerchief Scene 3 ends with Iago mocking Othello “I am your own forever” making Othello trust him instead of Desdemona Reoccurring Images & Motifs Repeated images of forgiveness and loyalty In the beginning of the scene a conversation between Emilia, Cassio and Desdemona occurs. Desdemona expresses loyalty in that she would do anything for Cassio, as she knew some conflict would arise Desdemona was loyal to Cassio in a time of conflict which is usually when support is needed most Cassio also proving his loyalty to Desdemona because it is clear that he is extremely thankful for her dependability upon him It is also clear that Cassio's social standing and work are very important to him, and Desdemona stands to be the closest thing to securing this. Which explains his reoccurring images of desperation and Cassio taking advantage of Desdemona's role Cassio asks Desdemona to consult with Othello and further remind him of his loyalty as a friend and lieutenant Rhetorical and Literary Devices Pathos: "An argument based on evoking the feeling of sympathy or pity, and causes us to become more closely identified with the characters in the story." line 374 Logos: "An appeal based on logical reason." line 208-210,
223-225&420 Ethos: "Is appeal based on the character of the speaker." line 118, 195,
147 &160-163 Repetition: "Repeating of a word, phrase or line to add rhythm or to emphasize an idea." line 100-104 &
127-130 Leading Questions: line 93-94 &
100-107 Hesitation: line 136 Intimation: a hint or suggestion line 126-130
& 167 Emilia gives the handkerchief to her husband which Desdemona had dropped, which ultimately lands in the hands of Cassio
Iago vows to help kill Desdemona and Cassio with Othello
Iago gains complete control and full trust from Othello, which causes him to lose all trust in Desdemona leaving him drowning in jealousy The handkerchief stands as tangible and real proof in Iago's plan, and also is the foundation for the next two scene to come Timing was crucial when Cassio left Desdemona, which left the opportunity for Iago to plant his lies. Also the timing of the handkerchief adds to the climax and leads to the downfall to follow Othello:
As he believes Iago's lies more and more, especially in this scene, he becomes much more insecure. With doubts of his relationship and trust in two of his closest acquaintances, Desdemona and Cassio
Because of these heightened insecurities he is more gullible which makes Iago's plan more effective
In the end of the scene he wants to kill Desdemona and Cassio, which could give light to just how unstable and insecure he is because those are two extremely important people to him Iago:
continues his lies, and evidence lies that he may be so caught up in his fake persona leaving him confused with his identity
he continues to play the villain in the play, loving to be the center control
he remains to be very intelligent with language and most of all timing in this scene Emilia:
it is repeated even more that she is extremely loyal to her husband Iago, and would do anything in strive of getting his attention/ pleasing him Desdemona:
in this scene it really shows how loyal she is to Cassio, by consulting and putting much effort into fighting for his behalf
she also remains to be a loving wife of Othello
Seen in her heated conversation with Othello, she is very bold and strong with what she believes in Mood & Setting: moods are extremely tense and dramatic in this scene
there is tension from the reader, provoked by the tension between the characters from all of Iago's lies Dramatic Irony: "The ready or audience knows about an event or situation that the character does not."
The reader is aware of how Iago is manipulating certain characters for his plan
The reader knows about his consistent stream of lies which hold tense anticipation within this scene
is it known that Desdemona's friendship and deep loyalty towards Cassio is perceived as love or disloyal feelings to Othello which gives in to Iago's evil plan. This then feeds into Othello's insecurities and final opinions
The reader knows the situation with the handkerchief, which adds much suspense and drama behind the scenes Dramatic Techniques
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