Othello, By William Shakespeare Essay

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In Act Three of Othello by William Shakespeare, Iago begins the second part of his plan to destroy those who wronged him. To those around him, Iago seems harmless because we associate evil with an evil appearance. In this story, Iago looks just the same as every other soldier. His evil is not recognizable, and he can easily act with deceit. The entirety of the plot is built upon miscommunication, distrust, and especially lies, and Iago uses those to his advantage. The exchange between Iago and Othello in Act Three, scene three, lines 486-546, reveals the power that Iago has over the entire situation. Othello begins by having a “shrewd doubt” (III.3.487) about Cassio’s character because Iago had a dream about Cassio’s vulgar actions when they were both sleeping in the same quarters. This dream is apparently strong enough “to thicken other proofs/ That do demonstrate thinly” (488-489) because it fits into Iago’s narrative and Othello’s suspicions. When Othello threatens to “tear her all to pieces” (490), Iago pretends to be the reasonable one, telling him to “nay, yet be wise, yet [they] see nothing done” (491). By doing this, he does not carry the burden of proof, and, therefore, has no culpability. Even though he says things that would make Othello more angry at Desdemona and Cassio, Iago still tells Othello to calm down. He knows that he cannot say anything outrageous, so he merely agrees with Othello when he says that “[Cassio] is dead,” but he needs to “let [Desdemona]…

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