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Exposition: Iago claims the reputation of honesty; however he invents lies that he uses to manipulate others. He clearly shows no love for anyone and commits his life to revenge. He lies for his own personal gain. Othello, on the other hand, has a love for Desdemona and shows her passion. His profession of a military man brings him an honorable status in Venice. His origin of color brings him issues with the one he loves. Desdemona is the daughter of Barbantio. She shows courage, love, and loyalty to her husband, Othello. She joins Othello to Cyprus on a campaign against the turks only to discover false accusations being made against her.
Rising Action: Emilia, Iago's wife, is Desdemona's lady-in-waiting. She knows Iago better than anyone and is suspicious of his actions when he questions her about the handkerchief. She tells Iago about it being a gift from the Moor the Desdemona. Iago then takes it from Emilia leaving her suspicious of his purpose. Iago has a discussion with Othello. He informs Othello of the relationship between Desdemona and Cassio. He tells Othello lies about Desdemona and Cassio having a secret affair. He uses the handkerchief he took from his wife as proof to backup his story. "But such a handkercheif-- I am sure it was your wife's-- did I today see Cassio wipe his beard with" (Shakespeare 221).
Climax: Emilia lies to Desdemona when she ask if she knew a possible place she could've left her handkerchief. Othello enters and shows passion and affection towards Desdemona. He then asks her to lend him the handkerchief. He tells her the history behind the handkercheif and how much it means to him and his family. "There's magic in the web of it. A sibyl, that had numbered in the world the sun of course two hundred compasses" (Shakespeare 231). Othello continuously questions Desdemona about the handkerchief and accuses her of losing it. She is not able to present him the handkerchief at the time and Othello's angry grows. He exits the scene angered at Desdemona.
Falling Action: Emilia begins to question Othello's jealousy and Desdemona feels bad for her loss of the handkerchief. Iago and Cassio enter and Desdemona tells them of Othello's anger. Iago, of course, offers to go attend to Othello. Iago exits and Emilia and Desdemona continue to converse about Othello's angry and jealousy. The use the comparison of a monster to jealousy. "Heaven keep the monster from Othello's mind!" (Shakespeare 239). Desdemona states that she's going to go seek Othello and take Cassio with him. She says that she will determine if Othello is in a suitable mood to hear my request.
Resolution: Cassio thanks Desdemona for her 'ladyship' and Desdemona and Emilia exit. Bianca, a courtesan who is in love with Cassio and skilled with needlework, enters and talks to Cassio. Cassio gives Bianca the handkerchief, which belongs to Desdemona, and ask her to copy the embroidery for him. Bianca questions who the handkerchief belongs to. "I know not neither. I found it in my chamber. I like the world well. Ere it be demanded, as I like it enough, it will, I would have copied it" (Shakespeare 243). Iago has placed the handkerchief in the hands of Cassio; but,Cassio is unaware and has no idea who it belongs to. Iago is sneaky and a liar who is good at manipulating people and found a way into Cassio's chamber.
Jazmyn Armstrong Aliyah Germany Period: 4 AP English Lang and Comp Othello Project: Act 3
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