The Importance of Act III in William Shakespeare's Othello
William Shakespeare's tragedy 'Othello' is a dramatic story about a
highly respected coloured military general, Othello, whose life and
marriage is slowly broken down by an evil and sadistic manipulator,
Iago. As a result of Iago's successful plotting, Othello is degraded
from a caring and loving husband to Iago's level, becoming jealous,
violent, paranoic and malevolent along the way. Love, hate, jealousy
and devotion all come together to create this epic and unforgettable
play, written by the most infamous playwright of all time; William
Many people say that Act III (iii) in Shakespeare's play Othello is
the most important scene throughout the entire play, because the main
characters' personalities are revealed in their truest form of all,
along with their plans and feelings. Strangely though, none of the
characters' motives are revealed in this or any other scene, thus
leaving the audience of the play guessing as to what drove the
characters to perform the acts they ended up doing.
The audience in Shakespeare's time would have been extremely gripped
by this play because they would have been thinking about it more then
than people would now. They would have tried to work out why this was
happening to this person, what they were doing it for, why they were
doing it, and so forth. This would therefore make the audience more
'in touch' with the film throughout, making them get more 'interacted'
as it went along, slowly unfolding.
"Good madam, do I warrant it grieves my husband, as if the cause were
his". At the start of this scene, Emilia immediately says this
important dramatic irony. She is simply saying that this worries her
husband (Iago) as much as it does Desdemona. This is dramatically
ironic because the audience knows that Iago doesn't want Cassio being
reinstated into the army. This already shows us and proves to us that
Iago is a liar and deceiver, and he is extremely untrustworthy. This
character development is also shown as the scene goes on.
We find that Iago uses extremely crude sexual language when talking to
Othello about his wife Desdemona, "Were they as prim as goats, as hot
as monkeys, as salt as wolves in pride", which leads to hideous
imagery. This would have been extremely disturbing to a Shakespearian
audience and also shocking and have added to the audience's opinion of
Iago, making them despise and loathe him even more.
In this scene, Iago is the centre of attention and has some of the
most important and thought changing lines. He is the character who has
most revealed about him. You can see this from the first words Iago
says when he enters. At the very beginning of this scene, Iago
immediately plants an idea into Othello's head about his wife, "Ha? I
like not that",...