Othello By William Shakespeare 's Othello Essay

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Previously, in Act 3.4, Othello begins to suspect Desdemona’s loyalty, as he continuously asks Desdemona for the handkerchief, yet she keeps on changing the topic. In Act 4.1, Iago continues to convince Othello of Desdemona’s faithfulness. In Act 3.4, Othello defended Desdemona when Iago accused her; but in Act 4.1, their position is switched. Othello becomes more aware of what Iago is saying and the anger that he has towards Iago has significantly reduced, while he begins to doubt Desdemona. In this passage, Iago’s malignant heart caused him to continue to exploit Othello by making him believe that Desdemona is unfaithful. Iago’s manipulative skills to poison Othello 's weaknesses are found through syntax, symbols, and soliloquy.

Firstly, William Shakespeare uses syntax to present how Iago tell Othello the news of Desdemona’s infidelity to Othello. in When Othello is eager to know what Cassio told Iago, Iago only answers “Lie—,” (4.1.34). The dash represents a pause that Iago purposely created to make Othello to fill in the blank. He wants Othello to use his own mind to imagine what Cassio might have done to Desdemona and wants him to make his own conclusions. Although the word “lie” (4.1.34) can be interpreted in numerous ways, Iago knows that Othello will portray it as “lie with Desdemona”. Instead of directly accusing Desdemona, Iago carefully hints to Othello of Desdemona’s unfaithfulness. This leads to Iago successfully raising Othello’s anger even
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