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Othello Act III

Analysis on Othello Act III

Jerry Yan

on 9 March 2011

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Transcript of Othello Act III

Othello - Act III PACTS Atmosphere Characters Themes Setting Plot Scene I Scene III Scene II - Othello makes Iago send letters to Senate of Venice, apologizing for Cassio's actions. Scene IV Themes - Racism


- Jealousy

- Reputation

- Love vs. Hate Setting Late 16th century
War between Venice and Turkey
Starts in Venice
Continues on Cyprus Characters Othello Desdemona Iago Cassio The moor
Trusting (guillible)
Self-concious Act 3. Sc 3, Line 466 - 484 Wife to Othello
Submissive (weak)
Devoted Act 3. Sc 4, Line 160 - 175 Othello's ensign and the villian
Sly, manipulating
Convincing and suggestive Act 3. Sc 3, Line 37 - 44 Tension - Relationships between characters is strained
- Ticking time bomb
- Caused by Iago's plans
- Snapped once Othello declares his plans for Desdemona DESDEMONA – It is not lost, but what an if it were?
DESDEMONA – I say it is not lost.
OTHELLO – Fetch’t. Let me see it!
DESDEMONA – Why so I can. But I will not now. This is a trick to put me from my suit. Pray you, let Cassio be received again.
OTHELLO – Fetch me the hankerchief! My mind misgives. Act 3, Scene 4, Line 98 Vulnerability - Tension results in increased likelyhood of hurt towards characters
- Anyone could be emotionally injured at any time Act 3, Scene 3, Line 300 OTHELLO
...If I do prove her haggard
Though that he jesses were my dear heartstrings,
I’d whistle her off and let her down the wind
...she’s gone, I am abused, and my relief
Must be to loathe her. O curse of marriage,
That we can call these delicate creatures ours
And not their appetites! I had rather be a toad
And live upon the vapour of a dungeon
Than keep a corner in the thing I love
For others’ uses. Yet ‘tis the plague (of) great ones;
Preriogitived are they less than the base.
‘Tis destiny unshunnable, like death.
Even then this forked plague is fated to us. Off Balance - Two previous themes have added up, resulting in the lack of commitment
- Relationships are torn Act 3, Scene 3, Line 283 OTHELLO
Why did I marry? This honest creature doubtless
Sees and knows more, much more, than he unfolds
Animated - First moments of Act 3
- Does not involve all main characters
- Full of hope for justifications (Cassio) Act 3, Scene 1, Line 16 CLOWN - If you have any music that may not be heard, to
't again. But as they say, to hear music the General
does not greatly care.
MUSICIAN - We have none such, sir.
CLOWN - Then put your pipes in your bag, for I'll away.
Go, vanish into air, away. Othello's best friend, [no longer] his lieutenant
Genuine, honest
Give me a living reason she’s disloyal.

I do not like the office.
But, sith I am entered in this cause so far,
Pricked to ’t by foolish honesty and love,
I will go on. I lay with Cassio lately
And, being troubled with a raging tooth,
I could not sleep. There are a kind of men
So loose of soul that in their sleeps will mutter
Their affairs. One of this kind is Cassio.
In sleep I heard him say “Sweet Desdemona,
Let us be wary, let us hide our loves.”
And then, sir, would he gripe and wring my hand,
Cry “O sweet creature” and then kiss me hard,
As if he plucked up kisses by the roots
That grew upon my lips, lay his leg
Over my thigh, and sigh, and kiss, and then
Cry “Cursed fate that gave thee to the Moor” DESDEMONA
I prithee do so
Something, sure, of state,
Either from Venice, or some unhatched practice
Made demonstrable here in Cyprus to him,
Hath puddled his clear spirit, and in such cases
Men’s natures wrangle with inferior things,
Though great ones are their object. 'Tis even so,
For let our finger ache and it endues
Our other healthful members even to that sense
Of pain. Nay, we must think men are not gods,
Nor of them look for such observances
As fit the bridal. Beshrew me much, Emilia,
I was, unhandsome warrior as I am,
Arraigning his unkindness with my soul,
But now I find I had suborned the witness,
And he’s indicted falsely. IAGO
Ha! I like not that.
What dost thou say?
Nothing, my lord, or if—I know not what.
Was not that Cassio parted from my wife?
Cassio, my lord? No, sure, I cannot think it
That he would steal away so guilty-like
Seeing you coming. Act 3 Scene 3, Line 8 DESDEMONA
Oh, that’s an honest fellow. Do not doubt, Cassio,
But I will have my lord and you again
As friendly as you were.
Bounteous madam,
Whatever shall become of Michael Cassio,
He’s never anything but your true servant. Difference from Act II - Development of Iago's plan
- Contains response to previous scene's action Difference from Act 2 - Relationships are less stable
- Passive actions from all parties, less exciting
- Generally unhappy Difference from Act 2 - Iago shows his more cunning side,
given the opportunity
- Othello shows his anger
- Emilia displays loyalty Emilia Iago's wife
Not as trusting to Iago as Desdemona/
everyone else, but abides passively Act 3, Scene 3, Line 359 IAGO
A good wench! Give it to me.
What will you do with't, that you have been so earnest
To have me filch it?
IAGO [snatches it] Why, what is that to you?
If it be not for some purpose of import,
Give't me again. Poor lady, she'll run mad
When she shall lack it. act3scene3line239? idk act3scene3line33? idk any part where iago is talking to the audience? cassio "muttering in his sleep" - Cassio hires musicians to play for Othello
- Othello rejects this - Emilia arranges a meeting between Cassio and Desdemona - Desdemona vows to help Cassio any way she can - Othello enters, Cassio quickly leaves - Iago brings doubt of Desdemona's loyalty
- Othello defends her, but still has doubt
- Trusts Iago's mind greater than his own - Desdemona enters, drops hankerchief
- Emilia picks up hankerchief - Othello reenters, with doubt in his mind
- Demands proof of Desdemona's cheating - Iago brings up Cassio's "dream"
- Speaks of Othello's hankerchief in Cassio's
room - Othello wants to kill Cassio
- Makes Iago his lieutenant - Desdemona enters, wondering where hankerchief is
- Othello enters, pretending as if nothing is wrong - Othello asks for hankerchief, mentions its value
- Desdemona wishes she never had it
- Othello begins yelling, interrogating
- During this, Desdemona asks for Cassio's reposition - Cassio asks for Bianca to duplicate hankerchief,
which he found in his room
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