- Created by: Ellief_2000
- Created on: 21-05-18 19:05
The extract is taken from Act 5 Scene 2 and is the ending climax of the play. Before this, Desdemona has tragically been killed by Othello and Iago's manipulative nature has been revelaed. Othello is sent into a frenzy as we see his tragic dwnfall reach its climax.
- Throughout the whole play, Othello's tragic downfall has been progressing due to the manipulation of Iago
- Othello kills himself - 'stabs himself'
- stage directions
- prop, the knife
- significant as it brings the play to a dramatic close
- link to: Act 3 Scene 4 (the beginning of his fall)
- Othello becomes increasingly angry at Desdemona for not having the handkerchief
- Othello's dialogue and imperatives - 'Give me your hand'
- Change in tone- poetic and romantic in Act 1 Scene 2, he now appears angry and disappointed in Desdemona
- Desdemona's blindness is also significant here
- death as a tragic aspect is significant at ending the play
- setting - 'falls on the bed, and dies'
- Desdemona has just died on the same bed that Othello falls on
- Shakespeare did this to show that Othello and Desdemona always loved each other
- tragic because their love has ended tragically and abruptly
- link to: earlier in Act 5 scene 2
- Desdemona is killed by Othello
- her last dying wish - 'commend me to my kind lord' suggests that she understands why Othello has done what he has done
- Significant because it further emphasises Desdemona's biggest tragic flaw of total blindness
- Othello presented as a tragic victim
- dialogue - 'of one not easily jealous, but being wrought perplex'd in the extreme'
- shows how Iago's manipulation has made Othello feel jealously, something he has never really experienced before
- link to: Act 3 scene 3
- - Othello becomes enraged, and arguably jealous, when Desdemona does not stop talking about giving Cassio his job back
- she seems desperate to please Cassio - 'why then, tomorrow night, or Tuesday morn; on tuesday, noon or night; on Wednesday morn!'
- Othello does not use pet names anymore because he becomes so frustrated and jealous
To conclude, the extract is significant to the play as a whole because it provides a climactic ending to Othello's tragic downfall.