Othello Scene 3 Rhetorical Analysis
Hayden Dow Ms. Bourassa CP English 2 5 February 2011 Act 3 Scene 3 rhetoric Iago throughout the story has actually been known as “Honest Iago.” As you read the piece he is clearly not truthful and mentions his fiendish strategies to ruin Othello’s relationship with Desdemona. In this act Iago’s plans really begin coming together and are unfolding prior to him and he hardly has to state a thing. The main characters in this piece would include: Desdemona, Cassio, Othello, and Iago and each one of them has their own specific motivation in this scene.
Iago being the primary focus in this scene all of the characters play a certain function. Desdemona after leaving her father to be with Othello and accompanying Othello on his voyage to Cyprus has actually had a comparable inspiration throughout the piece. Desdemona has actually wished to prove that she is an excellent other half to Othello. By Act three Scene three Desdemona has actually discovered something is not quite right with Othello. However, she thinks that it is even if of what is occurring in Cyprus and due to the fact that he has just been forced to fire his lieutenant for the time being.
Desdemona wants to make Othello delighted once again and she believes by him making Cassio his lieutenant again he won’t be as stressed. Othello approaches Desdemona numerous times meaning the “affair” he thinks is going on like when he says “This hand is damp” meaning you are having an affair. During the time though words had many doubles entendre and moist likewise indicated youthful. Essentially all of the things Othello says to Desdemona that hint at the expected affair are just things that she is taking as compliments. Cassio does not comprise quite of this scene however causes a great deal of dispute between the other characters in it.
Previously in the Cassio had lost his task due to striking Montano, who is a gentleman of Cyprus. After Othello fires him Cassio is a mess and is at a desperate phase where his motivation is to get his task back. Iago sees this as an opportunity to get Othello to believe Desdemona is cheating on him with Cassio. Iago encourages Cassio to go and speak with Desdemona to see if he can get his job back when Iago states that “Our general’s other half is now the general” meaning that Desdemona has a great deal of influence over Othello’s choices.
He visits her and out of the goodness of her heart and her will to please Othello she agrees to attempt and convince him to provide Cassio his job back. At the start of the scene it simply has Desdemona and Cassio alone together going over about getting Cassio’s job back. Desdemona is just reassuring Cassio that she will do her best to persuade him when she says “Be thou assur ‘d, excellent Cassio, I will do All my abilities in thy behalf.” Cassio nevertheless is still very anxious that Othello will simply forget him and he will never ever get his job.
Othello in the start of the scene and all the other scenes has actually been very positive in his relationship, believing everything is going fantastic (which in truth it is). Iago at the start of the scene utilizes a smidgen of rhetoric to rapidly get Othello’s attention when he says “Ha! I like not that.” This gets Othello’s attention because he wasn’t sure what Iago states and wants him to duplicate himself. Othello asks if Cassio had actually simply been speaking privately with his spouse and Iago says no, that he wouldn’t believe that Cassio would be attempting to take his wife (which is the reality).
Othello is then encouraged he saw Cassio and Desdemona speaking together. Othello’s motivation at this moment is to find out what is going on in between Cassio and Desdemona. Othello goes to speak with Desdemona and she states that yes, she was talking to Cassio but it had to do with how Othello needs to make peace with him and provide him back his job. Othello believes her and loses all suspicion of her and states “Excellent scum! Perdition capture my soul however I do like thee; and when I like thee not, chaos is come again. This is Othello revealing his really passionate feelings towards Desdemona. Iago then starts questioning Othello about Cassio stating how he didn’t know Cassio and Desdemona were acquainted. Othello then starts to question whether Cassio is a truthful man and Iago will not offer him and respond to, rather he begins simulating him to anger him. As Iago and Othello and talking one theory is that Othello feels insecure about his look compared to Cassio and this produces a lot of the jealousy he feels.
Iago says that it wouldn’t be hard to believe that Cassio and Desdemona were having an affair, particularly when they are always together. As Othello grows angrier Iago becomes a little blunter when he states “who certain of his fate” which indicates that he makes certain his partner is cheating on him. At this moment Othello is furious at his partner and the “green-eyed monster” representing jealousy is brought up a few times. Othello is so angry he even threatens to eliminate Iago if what he states is untrue. Iago then tries to persuade Othello that he is blind with love and he can not see what is occurring before his eyes.
Iago has totally convinced Othello that Desdemona has actually been cheating on him. Iago has been the dazzling mastermind behind all of the dispute that takes place in this scene (and all the others for that matter). He utilizes great rhetoric to convince characters to bend and twist to his impulse. Iago is essentially attempting to mess up Othello’s relationship and he is doing that by trying to anger Othello a lot so that he is at the point where he wants to kill Desdemona. His first piece of rhetoric is at the start of the scene when Iago and Othello are speaking.
He brings Othello to see Desdemona and Cassio together (Othello not understanding that this is Iago’s goal). Othello sees them together and is a little curious in the beginning but denies that Desdemona or Cassio would ever betray him like that. This is good rhetoric since actually this troubles Othello that Desdemona and Cassio are constantly talking, possibly due to the fact that of his own insecurities. Another piece of rhetoric Iago utilizes is the handkerchief. The scarf is something Othello offered to Desdemona when they were first wed.
This scarf has great significance to Othello and he says how it was his grandmothers and it was “magical”. Desdemona however drops it and it is picked up by Emilia however Iago takes it from her stating “why, what’s that to you?” Emilia does not understand what Iago’s intentions are so she does not install much of a battle about it. Iago means to utilize this handkerchief against Cassio by telling Othello that Desdemona had provided to him. This irritates Othello a lot more and Othello commands Iago to kill Cassio.