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Both scenes 1 and 2 in Act 3 are very brief and do not give us any insight into shifts in feelings Scene 3 is crucial however because it is the pivotal scene where Iago convinces Othello that both his wife and Cassio have committed adultery At the end of the scene Othello decides to take revenge by murdering them both with Iagos help Iago is also promoted to lieutenant and pledges his loyalty to Othello Iago is the key character in this Act as it is he who is responsible for the shift in Othellos feelings towards Desdemona From the beginning of the scene he immediately plants suspicion in Othellos mind when Cassio leaves because he is still too ashamed to see Othello Iago suggests that his motives for talking to Desdemona have been less than innocent Ha I like not that and Cassio my lordNo I cannot think it That he would sneak away so guilty-like Seeing you coming Othellos doubt is immediately shown through the language he uses I do believe twas he These short questions and riddled speeches by Othello show that Othello is not the assertive general and eloquent lover he once was Language is extremely important in this scene as it is Iagos tool in manipulating Othello The corruption of language corrupts Othellos perception The key word honest is used fourteen times in scene 3 alone It is ironic that Othello expects the truth from honest Iago and that Othellos proof for his own judgement is Iagos honesty Not only does Othello surrender his judgement to Iago but as seeing is believing proof his sight is also surrendered to Iago by the end of the scene It is the proof which he gains through Iago which leads to his jealousy and eventually the tragic within in play We see that there is still love between Othello and Desdemona when she pushes for Othello to reconsider his actions with regard
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