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  • 1. Act 3 Scene 3 • Desdemona promises Cassio that she will help him • Iago notices Cassio leave Desdemona’s room: “Ha! I like it not” (Draws attention to Cassio’s suspicious exit) • Desdemona pleads for Cassio’s job back • Iago drops more hints about Cassio but insists he is honest “Men should be what they seem” (Irony!) • “Good name in man or woman, is the jewel of their souls” – Saying reputation is important, unlike in the last scene when he said the opposite! • Warns Othello of jealousy: “Beware my lord of jealousy, it is the green-eyed monster which doth mock the meat it feeds on”
  • 2. Iago’s wife Emilia picks up Desdemona’s dropped handkerchief – “her first remembrance from the Moor” mentioning Iago has asked her “ a hundred times to steal it” Act 3 Scene 3 • Othello assures Iago he is not a jealous man and he is confident that Desdemona is faithful • Iago warns him to watch Desdemona to Cassio & that she is capable of deception: Remember, she lied to her father in order to marry Othello!
  • 3. • Emilia hands the handkerchief over to Iago • Iago: “I will in Cassio’s lodging lose this napkin and let him find it. Trifles light as air are to the jealous confirmations strong as proofs of holy writ” • Othello is convinced of Desdemona’s unfaithfulness – but demands hard evidence: “Make me to see’t” • Othello easily wracked with suspicions: “I think my wife be honest, and think she is not” Act 3 Scene 3
  • 4. • Iago tells Othello it will be Impossible to catch them in the act: “Were they as prime (lecherous) as goats, as hot as monkeys” – more animal imagery! • Iago reports he has heard Cassio talk of Desdemona in his sleep. • Iago says that he has seen Cassio wiping his beard with a “handkerchief spotted with strawberries” – this enrages Othello who is overcome with jealous grief and vows revenge. • (Didn’t he say that he was not a jealous man not so long ago?) Act 3 Scene 3
  • 5. • Iago swears to serve Othello, who instructs him to kill Cassio. “Within three days let me hear thee say that Cassio’s not alive” • Othello vows to kill Desdemona himself. “Damn her, lewd minx!” “I will withdraw to furnish me with some swift means of death for the fair devil.” • He appoints Iago to be his lieutenant. Act 3 Scene 3