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Using Act 33 as a starting point analyse the ways in which Shakespeare presents the development of Othellos character Act 33 is referred to as the famous corruption scene of the play This name describes manner in which Othello metamorphoses from a calm considerate loving husband to being completely driven by an emotion Shakespeare describes metaphorically as the green-eyed monster The effectiveness of this transformation pivots upon the skillful manner in which Iago insinuates that Cassio and Desdemona are having an affair However although this scene can be pinpointed as the beginning of Othellos self-destruction his descent continues throughout the play and Shakespeare skillfully raises many questions which can only be answer by the reader individually Othello is in one sense of the word one of the most romantic figures ever created by Shakespeare he is so partly from the strange life of war and adventure which he has lived from childhood He does not belong to our world the vague details of his past supplied coupled with his enigmatic character give the illusion Othello could almost have come straight from wonderland There is something mysterious in his descent from men of royal siege in his wanderings in vast deserts and among marvellous peoples in his tales of magic handkerchiefs and the prophetic Sibyls in the sudden vague glimpses we get of numberless battles and sieges from which he has returned a hero and even in chance references to his baptism and in being sold to slavery And he is not a merely romantic figure his own nature is romantic Although he may lack the imagination of many great romantic figures his manner and choice of wording is poetic throughout the play Indeed many of Othellos most famous speeches -- those that begin Her father loved me O now for ever Never Iago Had it pleased Heaven It is the cause Behold I have a weapon Soft you a word or two
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