Othello Analysis Act 3

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The Good Wife – William Shakespeare Othello Act 4 Scene 3 In Act 4 Scene 3 of Shakespeare’s Othello further evidence of Othello’s complete brainwashing by Iago is revealed, while suspense and tension mound at the foreshadowing of the play’s tragic end which is further evidenced by the dialogue between Emilia and Desdemona. In this scene Othello leaves with Ludiovico after ordering Desdemona to bed with the promise of his swift return; once alone with Emilia, the women discuss Desdemona’s enduring love for Othello and women’s sexuality and how women can just as easily cheat on their husbands’ for similar reasons men cheat on their wives. The diction of Othello’s lines, the wedding sheets on Desdemona’s bed, and Desdemona’s melancholic foreboding all foreshadow a final confrontation between the newlyweds that will not have a peaceful resolution. The scene opens with Othello, Ludovico, Desdemona, Emilia, and some attendants. The exchange between these characters is brief;…show more content…
In Act 4 Scene 1 Iago convinced Othello through various trickeries and suggestions that Desdemona has been sleeping with Cassio. Othello declares Desdemona must die, for he feels betrayed by her supposed infidelity, fooled by her sweet nature, and that she will sleep with anyone (200-204). Othello confronts Desdemona in Act 4 Scene 2 but does not believe her when she denies his accusations for he is entirely convinced that she is a “strumpet” (26-105). Othello plans to kill Desdemona for dishonouring him, Iago suggested he kill her in her bed (4.1.226-227), the dramatic irony is that Desdemona does not consciously know that Othello is sending her away to wait for her death. However, once Desdemona is alone with Emilia she comments repeatedly on a foreboding feeling that is keeps assailing her suggesting that subconsciously she knows what tragic fate awaits

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