Othello- Act 3

What is the purpose of the “clown” in this scene? This is comic relief. Since something bad just happened, Shakespeare is trying to lighten up the mood
What is ironic about Cassio’s comment about Iago (lines 44-45)? Cassio is saying Iago is so kind and honest which is ironic because he’s the complete opposite and iago is actually in the middle of tricking him
What does Cassio tell Emila after she says that Othello will probably see Cassio (lines 57-60) He says Please find a way to give me some time alone with Desdemona, if you think that’s all right.
What is the purpose of this short scene? It draws the scenes apart, we need to have that separation
What does Desdemona assure Cassio? That she will do everything she can to get his job back
How will Desdemona’s words (lines 24-28) play into Iago’s trap? Desdemona is saying she won’t stop talking about cassio to othello, so that will work with iago’s plan because itll make othello believe that they are having an affair and she loves him because she won’t stop talking about him
Iago sets up Othello in this scene. Which lines start Othello questioning? “Ha i like not that” line 36
How does Iago “poison” othello?(6) 1. He asks “Was that Cassio with ur wife?”2. He asks “did cassio know you when you were dating desdemona”? 3. “Indeed?” and “Cassio is honest. I think”4. “Othello, it’s not in your best interest to know my thoughts- i could be wrong”5. ” You will never know what i’m thinking”6.” Okay, I’ll tell you watch your wife with Cassio” This is all one big setup
What is Othello’s main concern in his soliloquy (lines 299-318)? He’s saying what an honest person iago is and he understands how people work. He’s also saying that if he finds out that desdemona is cheating on him, he’ll let her go and he will hate her
What does Desdemona do to help Othello with his headache? She takes out a handkerchief, wipes his face with it
What happens to Desdemona’s handkerchief? it falls on the floor
Who finds the handkerchief and why does she take it? Emilia because she wants to give it to iago as a gift to make him happy
What does Iago want the handkerchief for? He wants to plant it where cassio will be so cassio could find it and it’ll look like desdemona gave it to him
How is Othello acting towards Iago when Othello sees him again? He’s crazy and grabs him on the neck
What does Othello want from Iago? Proof that desdemona is actually cheating on him
What kind of “proof” does Iago provide to Othello about Desdemona’s infidelity? Iago says I was sleeping with cassio and i couldn’t sleep because he was talking in his sleep. I heard him saying how he loves desdemona. And then he leaned over me and tried kissing me thinking i was desdemona
What is the second “proof” that Iago tells Othello about? He says he saw iago wiping his beard with the handkerchief that othello gave desdemona
What is significant about Othello and Iago kneeling? Its like he’s worshipping the devil.He’s swearing and giving up his soul. Othello is selling his soul to the devil (iago)
As Desdemona searches for the handkerchief, what comments does she make regarding Othello’s personality? He’s not the jealous type and doesn’t have a jealous bone in his body
What does Othello tell Desdemona about the history of the handkerchief? He says that its enchanted, anyone who has it, falls in love. Any woman that has it, the man that she’s with will love her, but if she loses it, he’ll hate her. Also his mother had it and and a 200 year old women created the embroidery
How is tension built in the conversation between Othello and Desdemona? Othello asks desdemona to wipe his head with the handkerchief he gave her and she says she has it, but not with her right now and takes out a different handkerchief. Othello starts yelling at her saying where’s the handkerchief, but she starts talking about cassio and tries changing the conversation
What does Emilia say about men (lines 120-123)? They eat us hungrily and when they’re full they toss us out- They use you and then they toss you
Why does Desdemona think Othello is so upset She thinks maybe something happened in the war in cyprus
What does Emilia say about jealousy (lines 180-183)? jealous people are jealous because that’s how they were born- jealousy feeds on itself
Who is Bianca? A woman in cyprus that is in love with cassio (like a prostitute)
What does Cassio give her? The handkerchief- asks her if she could make a new one and copy the design
Why is that significant? Cassio has been gone for a week and showed up with a woman’s handkerchief. Bianca has solid proof that he’s been with another woman, but she trusts cassio. Othello has no solid proof and is suspicious of desdemona. In some ways cassio’s relationship with bianca is stronger than othello and desdemona’s
What are Iago proofs that Desdemona is cheating on othello? (6) 1. Cassio’s dream2. Cassio has the handkerchief 3. Cassio “looks” guilty 4. Cassio is spending time with desdemona5. Cassio and Desdemona were friends before othello6. Desdemona betrayed her father
what type of proof are 1-2? circumstantial evidence, None of this is solid proofThese are straight up lies
what type of proof are 3-6? Character assassination- iago is destroying desdemona’s characterThese are truths, but they’re slanted
THE HANDKERCHIEF: 1. 1st gift othello gave desdemona 2. History of it – charmed by an Egyptian and given to othello mother (Heirloom, and it witchcraft ) Magical qualities keeps men in love with those who have it 3. 300 year old woman created the embroidery
Transformation of othello from act 1 to act 3 Act 1-Respected -Calm, controlled-deeply in love with desdemona-Confident in who he is-Self aware-strongAct 3-Still respected (by society)-violent , uncontrolled -Hates desdemona, vengeful-Insecure -Completely clueless-misguided -weak
QUOTES
I never knew a Florentine more kind and honest. Cassio is saying he’s never know a Florentine as honest as iago
ha, I like not that iago is saying he doesn’t like what he sees- Cassio and des.
Excellent wretch! Perdition catch my soulBut I do love thee! And when I love thee notChaos is come again. othello is saying the day he doesn’t have Desdemona will be chaos
thou echo’st meAs if there were some monster in thy thoughtToo hideous to be shown othello is saying to iago that he keeps repeating everything he says as if you were thinking something too horrible to say out loud.
men should be what thEy seem iago- People should be what they appear to be
Good name in man and woman, dear my lord,Is the immediate jewel of their souls. iago is saying A good reputation is the most valuable thing we haveā€”men and women alike.
But he that filches from me my good nameRobs me of that which not enriches himAnd makes me poor indeed. iago is saying if you steal my reputation, you’re robbing me of something that doesn’t make you richer, but makes me much poorer.
Oh, beware, my lord, of jealousy!It is the green-eyed monster which doth mock iago is saying jealousy is gonna kill you
To be once in doubtIs to be resolved othello is saying if you have a suspicion about someone, you always will
Why did I marry? This honest creature doubtlessSees and knows more, much more, than he unfolds. othello is saying- Why did I ever get married? I’m sure this good and honest man sees and knows more, much more, than he’s telling me.
Your napkin is too little,Let it alone. othello is saying the handkerchief is to little and to leave his head alone
This was her first remembrance from the Moor. Emilia is saying this is the first thing Othello gave Desdemona
Trifles light as air Are to the jealous confirmations strong As proofs of holy writ iago says -To a jealous man, a meaningless little thing like this looks like absolute proof
He that is robbed, not wanting what is stol’n,Let him not know’t, and he’s not robbed at all. Othello says A man who’s robbed, but doesn’t miss what’s stolen, isn’t robbed at all.
now art thou lieutenant othello makes iago his lieutenant
They are all but stomachs, and we all but food.To eat us hungerly, and when they are full,They belch us Emila’s saying men use you and then toss you
But jealous for they’re jealous. It is a monsterBegot upon itself, born on itself. Emilia is saying They’re never jealous for a reason; they’re just jealous. It’s like a monster that just grows and grows, out of nothing. jealousy feeds on it self

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