Othello Act 3 Scene 3 – State of Mind

Othello Act 3 Scene 3– Mindset

Before Act 3 Scene 3, Othello’s frame of mind is shown to be very calm and collected by Shakespeare. We see his humble character through his regard for everyone, in addition to his deep love and affection for his new partner, Desdemona. In Act 1 Scene 2, Othello says ‘Let him [Brabantio] do his spite’ showing that he does not evaluate any person no matter what they do, and isn’t threatened by what her dad may do. He believes that his services ‘will out-tongue his problems’, which they do.

His words are effective and significant at the same time, and carry the self-confidence he can feel. Even after Brabantio accuses him of ‘witchcraft’ and other horrid things, he stays calm, and doesn’t once retort back. This is what makes the other characters, together with the audience, regard him. We also learn how Othello and Desdemona fell in love, and that their relationship was developed on pity as he states ‘She loved me for the threats that I had pass ‘d/ And I enjoyed her that she did pity them’. Here Shakespeare foreshadows the nature of their love and Othello’s vulnerable mind.

State Of Mind Words

Othello is almost lyrical in his speech utilizing Brabantio’s insult to cleverly yet respectfully respond ‘This is the only witchcraft I have utilized’. The audience would have been swept up in his speech at this point. On the other hand, in Act 3 Scene 3, the audience has the ability to see how Iago changes Othello’s love for Desdemona into anger and hatred. Iago is revealed to control Othello right from the beginning of the act, when he cunningly says ‘Ha, I like not that’ on seeing Cassio ‘stealing’ away from Desdemona.

Iago cleverly utilizes the word ‘taking’, which works as it recommends that Cassio didn’t want to be captured speaking to Desdemona. This immediately makes Othello suspicious, and his suspicion just grows when she attempts to get him to speak to Cassio. The truth that he asks her ‘to leave me but a little to myself’ just after informing her he will ‘reject thee absolutely nothing’ shows the dispute already going on inside his mind; he requires to be left alone so he can sort out his ideas. And it works. Just once Desdemona has actually left does he relax: ‘Outstanding scum!’ he exclaims affectionately.

To me this recommends that Othello is more comfortable when Desdemona isn’t around, which is why he reveals his love for her so honestly when she isn’t there to hear it. Shakespeare likewise lets the audience understand simply how much Desdemona suggests to Othello when he states ‘turmoil is come again’ when he does not like her. This informs us that the whole universe stops making good sense to him, which also foreshadows what will happen when he lastly does stop enjoying her. The word ‘turmoil’ might also hint at his epilepsy, as he knows that something like not loving her will trigger it.

Iago continues to control Othello throughout the scene, and when they later on talk once again, Othello can tell Iago is holding back from him by the way he continuously echoes him, making him a lot more uneasy and not sure. The short, sharp language with various exclamation marks shows Othello’s aggravation. At the exact same time, Iago makes certain Othello believes about his love for him: ‘My Lord, you understand I love thee’, and the audience can see he has actually managed to trick Othello when he repeatedly describes him as ‘truthful Iago’. This informs us simply just how much Othello trusts Iago, and Iago– knowing this– uses it versus him.

Othello is even alerted versus the risks of ‘the green-eyed beast’ by Iago. The truth that it ‘doth mock the meat it feeds upon’ suggests that it damages the mind, which is precisely what occurs to Othello’s when he is consumed with jealousy. The word ‘monster’ was likewise brought up prior to by Othello when he said it was as if there were ‘some beast in [Iago’s] thoughts/ too hideous to be revealed’, which is fascinating because Iago is jealous of Cassio, so perhaps Shakespeare was suggesting that he has the beast in him too.

As jealousy consumes him, his honorable character and sophisticated language start to deteriorate. The images Iago plants in his mind of Desdemona ‘topped’ by Cassio, and of Cassio sleep speaking to her force tortured sobs like ‘Death and damnation! Oh!’ and ‘Oh, monstrous! Monstrous!’ to leave Othello. Shakespeare utilizes alliteration and repetition to emphasise Othello’s suffering and despair, and the Oh’s and exclamation marks highlight his pain. Likewise, in Othello’s Farewell Speech the repetition of the word ‘farewell’ and use of the childish word ‘huge’ recommends that his mind remains in turmoil.

In it, Othello likewise says ‘goodbye’ to his ‘tranquil mind’, from which we can presume that he is saying goodbye to his old self and the favorable qualities he as soon as had, but are now subdued by his dark ideas. Completion of the act is the climax of the play, and Shakespeare leaves us with a totally altered Othello figured out to get his vengeance. Finally encouraged of Desdemona’s extramarital relations, he vows to never alter his mind about her until he gets the violent revenge he deserves: ‘I’ll tear her all to pieces! He describes Desdemona as the ‘reasonable devil’ which is a sharp contrast to when he called her ‘outstanding scoundrel’. He also attempts to persuade himself that what he is going to do is right, despite knowing it is incorrect. In his soliloquy he says ‘I am abused, and my relief should be to loathe her’, and we can see he has totally succumbed to Iago’s lies and is confessing to hating Desdemona. Iago has lastly prospered in changing Othello from being a caring fan to being one taken in by jealousy and hate, and the dreadful ending of the play is inevitable.

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