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In Act 3 Scene 3 how does Iago persuade Othello of Desdemonas supposed infidelity Act 3 Scene 3 is arguably the most important scene in the entire play for it is the point of no return It is as if for the entire beginning of the play you were pushing a huge boulder up a steep mountain and in this scene you reach the top and push it down the other side helpless to stop it This is how I see the action in Othello Iago spends the whole time plotting and conspiring with the audience and in this scene you can actually pinpoint the line where he finally pushes Othello over the edge Iago manages this in several ways through imagery sewing the seed in Othellos mind and reverse psychology However all of these ways boil down to one thing Iago throughout the play plays on Othellos own insecurities about race and Desdemona Iagos language throughout the scene is very rich and amazingly descriptive so much so that it actually acts as a projector projecting vivid clear pictures into the audiences and more importantly Othellos mind This is more evident in the later part of the scene and there is one particular speech I wish to isolate Iagos speech lines 407 to 423 is where the richest image is created in the scene He is describing a night through which he lay with Cassio and witnessed a so-called dream In this dream Cassio is meant to have said Sweet Desdemona Let us be wary let us hide our loves He then goes on to describe how Cassio began to kiss Iago and laid his leg Over my thigh This imagery is so strong because it places Iago in Desdemonas position and which somehow makes it more real Also the tale suggests that Cassio and Desdemona have already slept with each other However the main point of this specific use of imagery
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