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We are currently working on the first half of act 5 scene 2 whereby Desdemona is smothered by her husband Othello who is misguided by his jealously and hatred at the thought of Desdemona being unfaithful to him This play Othello is a tragedy and this scene is the climax of the tragedy It needs to be tragic Othellos rash decisions when he becomes emotional feature very prominently in this scene and it is important that Othello portrays this in his actions Noting the relationship between Othello and Desdemona at this point in the play the couple have not spent a great deal of time together since their marriage They have not spent one uninterrupted night together This constant lack of each others company creates a great mistrust on Othellos part This mistrust has built up to this scene and adds to the drama Othello presents his accusations in an untrustworthy fashion The first 23 lines of the scene are Othellos thoughts He is trying to justify the sacrifice he is about to make He goes through much mental turmoil in this speech and the audience needs to see the anguish on his face and the distress in his voice The speech is to be spoken quietly and to himself but still with the changes of tone to show his frustration For example line 5 into line 6 his voice must be soft and tender while describing Desdemonas whiter skin than that of snow and smooth as monumental alabaster- but then a quick change of tone to the harsh and resigned statement that she must die else shell betray more men Following this speech Desdemona will wake She must appear completely unaware of the crimes she has supposedly committed Her complexion must be that of shock and she must feel abhorrent at Othellos accusations Othello must be strong in his accusations and accept no excuses He is fuelled by emotion rather than
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