Richard Austin
Dr. Muriel M. Brennan
English 110
Othello act 3 questions 1 & 2


1) Trace the steps by which Iago rouses Othello's suspicion. Is there anything in Othello's character or circumstances that render him particularly susceptible to Iago's wiles?

Pretending to be unwilling to speak for fear of upsetting him, Iago cleverly manipulates Othello into pressuring him to reveal his "suspicions." Iago plays on Othello's position as an outsider to suggest that Venetian wives customarily take lovers behinds their husbands' backs, and hints at Desdemona's skill at deception by reminding him of how completely she hid her love for Othello from her father. Having ...

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telling him that Cassio has Desdemona's handkerchief; here Iago very cunningly pretends not to know the significance of the handkerchief to Othello, thus persuading Othello that he would have no basis on which to make up such a story.

2) In III, iv, 49-98, Emilia knows of Desdemona's distress over the lost handkerchief. At this moment, how do you explain her failure to relieve Desdemona's mind? Is Emilia aware of her husband's villainy?

Emilia's one small dishonest act towards Desdemona - stealing her special handkerchief - turns out to have devastating consequences. The loss of the handkerchief is what convinces Othello that Desdemona is guilty, and Emilia's little theft ends up causing her friend's death, at least in part.

But she redeems herself, or it least gives a good shot at trying. It is Emilia who discovers the truth about Iago's plotting and reveals it to the world. She can't bring Desdemona back to life, but she does clear her name. She ends up sacrificing ...

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