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Briana Bazile Healy AP Literature Period 1 Othello March 29, 2018
This scene in the first act is full of dramatic irony. After the heated argument with Brabantio, Desdemona's father, Othello and Desdemona are elated to finally receive approval of their marriage. What the audience knows that the characters do not, is that by the end of the play, these feelings will have been dangerously manipulated.
Iago begins his evil plan by trying to incriminate Cassio. He is deeply envious of Cassio because he feels like he cheated him of his position as lieutenant, so he gets him very drunk and prompts him to squabble with his peers. Othello enters and sees Cassio's behavior with no other choice than but to fire him. This is a big loss for Cassio, but the first of a series of wins for Iago.
Iago's plan ensues when his wife, Emilia, comes across Desdemona's handkerchief. This handkerchief is one of the most important symbols of the play: it represents Othello's trust and love for his wife. As the handkerchief travels from possession to possession, that love and trust is further distanced. s
Othello has been fully influenced by Iago by Act 4. He has found out that Cassio has possession of the handkerchief and takes this as sufficient evidence that he has slept with his wife. He gives Desdemona no chance to defend herself. He condemns her for being a whore, and in doing this, dooms himself for good.
In this final act, the flood gates of regret swing open. Othello is a mess: he has just murdered his wife when he comes to realize that his only reasoning for such actions laid in the deceptive words of Iago. He feels pretty asinine for his actions (as he should) and comes to terms with his hellish death.
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