Othello Act 3 scene 4

“my noble Moor/ Is true of mind” Desdemona thinks that Othello is not jealous, she puts her blind faith in him. So is Othello naturally jealous or is it just Iago? “…and made of no such baseness/ As jealous creatures are”
“young and sweating devil” Othello calls Desdemona a “…” because of her “Hot, hot, and moist” palm, highlighting her sexuality, complete reversal of mind set
“To lose’t or give’t away were such perdition/ As nothing else could match” the loss of the handkerchief shows Othello’s superstition and foreshadows disaster. (Egyptian gave it to Othello’s mother, myth if she lost it then husband would not be under her spell)
“The handkerchief!” Othello is reduced to repeatedly shouting “…” while D talks of Cassio and then “Zounds” shows Othello’s desperation. Emilia is silent throughout the exchange (catalyst for tragedy?)
“They are all but stomachs, and we all but food;/ They eat us hungerly, and when they are full,/ They belch us” Emilia’s view of men is quite tragic. Comes after Othello shouts about the handkerchief to D and leaves.
“My lord is not my lord” Desdemona to Cassio, thinks Othello’s personality is unrecognisable: LOSS of identity “in hunour altered”
“Heaven keep that monster from Othello’s mind” Emilia says that men are just jealous and echoes Iago’s description of jealousy as a “monster”. Desdemona replies “…” dramatic irony
“Sweet Bianca,/ Take me this work out” Cassio exploits Bianca and asks her to copy out the embroidery of the handkerchief for him
he was born/ Drew all such humours from him “I think the sun where…” Emilia asks if Othello might be jealous at start of scene but ironic as Desdemona thinks jealousy isn’t part of his temperament. Just before Othello enters the scene
be circumstanced At the very end (last words of the scene) from Bianca that she must accept the situation and men’s dominance “I must…”

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