Othello Act 3 Scene 3 Part 2

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  • Act 3 Scene 3 Part 2
    • What happens?
      • 1. At first, the tension drops and Iago pretends sympathy and compassion for Othello
      • 2. Othello is ambivalent about D, he asks Iago to 'set on they wife to observe'
        • Interesting how O comes up with that idea himself
      • 3. Iago leaves, Iago has his first soliloquy. He comments on I's honesty, uses foul imagery
        • 4. D + E enter and tell O his guests have arrived. D wipes his brow with the handkerchief and she drops it
          • 5. E picks it up and plans to give it to Iago. She says he has asked it before
      • 6. I enters, E says she has something for him, I takes it off her.
        • 7. I's soliloquy. He plans to put the handkerchief in C's room.
      • 8. O enters and asks for 'ocular proof', I says he has heard C in his sleep speaking about D
        • 9. I says C has the handkerchief. I says C will be dead in days + O says he will promote I
    • Imagery
      • Plagues
      • Poison
      • Fire
      • Each of these images relate to the inevitability to the play
      • Suffocation
        • Shakespeare reveals the silencing and disenpowerment of women within Renaissance society
          • Perhaps prompting the audience to consider whether the silencing of women leads to a breakdown in both personal and domestic relationships
      • Eating/consumption
    • Handkerchief
      • Symbolised wealth/status
        • A symbol of love, faithfulness, and unity is transformed into one of deception, lust, and destruction
    • Othello's fatal flaw
      • Failure to resist the racism of Venetian society
        • He has absorbed many of the ideas expressed by those in Act 1
          • E.g. 'bond slave' 'pagan' 'your son-in law is more fair than black'
        • These quotations provide the foundation for Othello's sudden change in heart.
          • His self-conciousness leads him to jump to conclusions about Desdemona's intentions
            • Shakespeare is exposing the inherent racism of Venetian society, and then explores the psychological impact of racist ideologies


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