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His bed shall seem a school his board a shrift Desdemona says of Othello these paradoxes highlight Desdemonas determination to set things right Ironically it is this determination to intermingle everything Othello does with Cassios suit that fuels Othellos jealousy which is the ultimate cause of her fate Had Desdemona not felt such a sense of justice or been good enough to advocate for a case in which she was not involved she might have survived Though it is very ironic and a paradox Desdemona is undone by her own goodness and her need to step into affairs on a public level which Othello is uncomfortable with In this scene Iago begins his machinations to make it seem like Cassio and Desdemona are having an affair However Iago refrains from saying very much I cannot think it that he would steal away so guilty-like is the most incriminating thing he says about Cassio He implants seeds in Othellos mind and triggers his thoughts I like not that about Cassios exit Othello immediately seizes the bait his jealousy playing off of Iagos calculated insinuations Desdemonas choice of words to describe Cassio is unfortunate she calls him a suitor not meaning it in a romantic sense although Othello could certainly take it that way Desdemona binds her reputation to Cassios in an unfortunate way she says that if Cassio is wrong I have no judgement in an honest face Of course Desdemona means well but she gambles too much on another persons honour Iago begins to echo Othello which unsettles Othello further He asks questions that are fundamentally related to the issues at hand such as whether Desdemona and Cassio have known each other for a while In Othellos state he believes Iagos statements of nothing to be a real attempt to hide the truth about what is going on he does not realise that Iagos statements are all feigned Thou echoest me as if
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