Act 3, Scene 3 of Shakespeare’s Othello embodies a pivotal point in the play, as it is a transition act that grounds the foundation of Iago’s development as an antagonist and the play’s development as a tragedy. In fact, Othello is written by William Shakespeare in the early 17th century. In Act 3 Scene 3, Iago begins his insinuations of an affair between Cassio and Desdemona, which petition Othello to consider the likelihood of Desdemona’s infidelity and Cassio’s disloyalty. In this particular scene, Shakespeare makes meticulous use of linguistic and dramatic techniques to characterise Iago as an scheming, deceptive and hypocritical antagonist.
Cassio then assures Iago not to worry about his actions and that, “‘Tis my breeding/That gives me this bold show of courtesy,” (II.I110-111). Cassio explains that he credits his good manners and “show of courtesy” to his righteous upbringing. Later in Act II, as Iago further develops his plan to exact revenge on Othello for awarding Cassio the position as lieutenant, Iago decides that he will make Othello think that Desdemona and Cassio are having an affair. In Act II Scene III, as Iago tries to trick Cassio into saying something about Desdemona that he could use as proof for his plan, Cassio remains unaffected by Iago’s statements, and continues to present himself in the most sincere and polite-seeming way. As Iago attempts to make Cassio see Desdemona as an object of sexual desire, Cassio compliments Desdemona by saying, “She’s a most exquisite lady,”
The play introduces us to two characters Roderigo and Iago, which sets up the first external conflict of which Roderigo owes Iago money , “That thou, Iago, who hast had my purse as if the strings were thine, shouldst know of this.” (Shakespeare, Act I) . Roderigo was referring to his payments to Iago in return Iago would get him his dream girl, Desdemona, which brings up another external conflict because Desdemona is married to the illustrious general Othello. Iago has some animosity towards Othello because Cassio got the job of lieutenant instead of himself. Iago instigates a fight between a drunken Cassio and Roderigo which results in Cassio being fired by Othello.
My cause is hearted: thine hath no less reason. Let us be conjunctive in our revenge against him" (Act 1, scene 3, lines 358-360) In this quote Iago is trying to get Roderigo to side with him and bring Othello down. Roderigo is once more is conned into killing Cassio in order to win Desdemona over. Even though he doesn’t kill Cassio, he still attempts to which shows just how much Iago manipulated him into thinking he’d win
During the Elizabethan Era, drama began to flourish in Western Europe. Plays have become more violent and dramatic as well as new ways of driving a performance. William Shakespeare’s Othello involves a man named Iago who wants to get revenge on Othello who is known as ‘the Moor of Venice’. Iago is able to get Othello to fully trust him and manipulates Othello to believe in false claims which eventually brings both of them to their downfall. A soliloquy acts as an aid to the audience in order to understand a character’s internal thoughts. Shakespeare utilizes this technique frequently throughout the performance especially for the antagonist for the play, Iago. The soliloquies enhance Iago’s villainous characteristics by giving him moments to
In this play, Desdemona is loyal to her trusty companion, Othello. However, Iago has a devilish scheme to paint the image of cheat in Othello’s mind. Iago was disgruntled that he was passed over for a promotion and Cassio, “As masterly as he: mere prattle, without practice” (1.1.27) was given a more substantial rank. He wanted Cassio dead and he thought that the way to do this was to have Othello kill him. During this time, when Othello spots Desdemona with Cassio, Othello takes it out on her, thinking that she didn’t really love him.
The play of Othello is a tragedy that exposes the characters in several ways, causing conflict and envy, eventually leading to a tragic end. To achieve this tragic end, Iago uses manipulation in order to change the views of, and bring out multiple personalities in the characters.
Untruths and misdirection’s are normal in the public eye, and numerous people veil their actual goals with a lacquer. In Shakespeare 's play Othello, the character Iago is the same as those tricky people. Behind his façade as a dependable ensign and companion, Iago is a multilayered, tricky and manipulative scalawag, coming up with disarray and bringing about setbacks toother characters for requital. Iago utilizes his deft and shrewd key demonstrations of control to undermine each character’s shortcomings. He misuses Roderigo’s love for Desdemona, Cassio under the appearance of companionship, and toys with Othello’s mind by playing on his self-question.
Moreover, Iago capitalizes Cassio as a result of his drinking problem and his over trusting personality. Iago claims that he is Cassio friend while in reality he is scheming a grant plot to completely destroy the Florentine physically and emotionally. To begin with, Iago fully knowledgeable regarding how Cassio is inept when he is intoxicated, deliberately tempt him to go drinking, thus getting him inebriated to cause a fight and lose his position as Othello’s lieutenant. Sir, he's rash and very sudden in choler, and haply with his truncheon may strike at you: provoke him that he may; for even out of that will I cause these of Cyprus to mutiny, whose qualification shall come into no true taste again but by the displanting of Cassio (2.1.262-266)
No, sure, I cannot think it that he would steal away so guiltylike [sic], seeing your coming”(III.III.41-43). (4.) In this display of intelligence, Iago is cleverly using reverse psychology to plant a very small, but still present, thought that maybe Cassio is having an affair with Desdemona. This is especially important as it kick-starts the rest of the plan of revenge. (3.)
But, Othello did not seem to think so. This caused Iago to feel like he wasn 't appreciated and he vowed to get revenge on Othello. He got his revenge by working Othello 's mind to believe that Desdemona was cheating on him with Cassio. After Iago got Cassio drunk one night, Cassio lost his place as lieutenant. Iago suggested that he go plead to Desdemona to show her he is a good man, and then she would convince Othello.
Within Othello Cassio is portrayed as a soldier who , “never set a squadron in the field”and is portrayed as having a general lack of experience (Act I.i.23). Even though this is the case Cassio is still Othello 's officer because he understands the theory behind war and is an honorable man. Cassio throughout the early stages of the book treats Desdemona extremely kindly because he is a noble man not because of lust but this proves to be his downfall. Due to his lack in experience Cassio is extremely gullible and fails to see through Iago 's plot to take his position and become closer to Othello. After Iago causes Cassio to lose his position as officer Cassio is only concerned about his reputation as he says, “Reputation. reputation,
Comparison Paper Things Fall Apart and Othello are two stories that the main characters have tragic flaws. The tragic flaws between the two have many similarities and differences. The Differences in the characters societies and situation they find themselves in still relate back to one another.
For example, Iago takes notice when he sees Cassio kiss Desdemona’s hand before Othello’s arrival at Cyprus. Kissing a hand in the 17th century was a sign of close relationship, and Iago uses this to influence Othello to believe that Cassio loves Desdemona. He influences Cassio to drink while he is on watch duty, knowing that Othello would dismiss him. Cassio tells Desdemona to ask Othello to reinstate his position knowing well that this would infuriate Othello and lead him to be more suspicious of Desdemona’s loyalty. All the incidents that follow fall into place making it easy for Othello to trust Iago’s lies.
One of Iago’s plans to cause Othello to take action was the day of Othello’s wedding. After Othello and Desdemona were married they went to go consummate their marriage. Iago plans to get Cassio who is already drunk, to drink even more and causing him to do something that would ruin his reputation. “I know, Iago, Thy honesty and love doth mince this matter, Making it light to Cassio. Cassio, I love thee