Shakespeare's Use of Language to Show Othello's Changing State of Mind

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Shakespeare's Use of Language to Show Othello's Changing State of Mind

The opening lines of the scene establish Desdemona's innocence to with the audience. She also says: "Assure thee if I do vow a friendship, I'll perform it to the last article." This also demonstrates her loyalty, and that she'd die before break a friendship. This is dramatically effective, being at the beginning of the scene because all through the scene Othello is seen thinking and talking about how disloyal she is. It also makes the tragedy at the end of the play more awful, as the audience knows she really is innocent.

Iago then cunningly preys on the inquisitive nature of all humans, including Othello, to mould his mind
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"She chose me" says Othello, to himself. He doesn't say that she loves him, so there is obviously some doubt in his mind, even when he is trying to get it out. A while earlier, Iago had said, "O beware, my lord, of jealousy." This was after no provocation or Othello appearing to be so. This has made Othello think about jealousy, and whether he is, subsequently mentioning jealousy three times in one speech, the repetition again to convince himself that he isn't jealous demonstrating that the thought of jealousy has made him so.

Iago gains control over Othello very easily. He does this by making Othello insecure; he puts Othello in a bad mood, making him very defensive, speaking very short and snappily. Advancing from speculation about Desdemona and Cassio's affair, Iago now asserts that they are having an affair, telling Othello, not to be jealous, which makes him even more so. Iago then backs the affair up with evidence, which Othello can easily believe, "She did deceive her father by marrying you." Iago says, referring to a time in the first act when Desdemona went against the wish of her father to join Othello. Iago also adds, "In Venice they do let God see the pranks they dare not show their husbands." In Shakespearean times, Venetian women were infamous for adultery; Othello would have already known this, Iago was merely
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