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A3, S3: Emilia: "I warrant it grieves my husband / As if the cause were his"

Image of Iago being upset by what has happened to Cassio - link to how he uses this to manipulate Othello


A3, S3: Cassio: "Whatever shall become of Michael Cassio"

Cassio speaks about himself in 3rd person - sense of arrogance?


A3, S3: Desdemona: "If I do vow a friendship, I'll perform it / To the last article"

Desdemona pledges her allegiance to Cassio in a way that is almost over the top - could be read the wrong way?


A3, S3: Iago: "Ha! I like not that"
Othello: "What dost thou say?"
Iago: "Nothing, my lord; or if - I know not what"

- Iago is deliberately vague to force Othello to come up with his own ideas - he says something then refuses to elaborate
- Othello completes Iago's line - shows his urgency/stress


A3, S3: Iago: "That he would sneak away so guilty-like, / Seeing you coming"

Iago allows Othello to speculate about what is happening to bait him into a response


A3, S3: Desdemona: "I have been talking with a suitor here, / A man that languishes in your displeasure"

Referring to Cassio with a double meaning - Othello will infer the meaning of lover, not someone who pleads


A3, S3: Desdemona: "Good my lord, / If I have any grace or power to move you"

Shows her subservience and weakness


A3, S3: Othello: "Not now, sweet Desdemon, some other time"

- "Sweet" shows affection - implies he is still relatively calm
- He is still fairly cold to her - this is the first time they interact while Othello is jealous/worried - they complete each others' lines through this section with Desdemona asking a question but Othello dismisses her quickly


A3, S3: Desdemona: "But let it not / Exceed three days"

Desdemona gives Othello a limit - she is in control because of her feminist power


A3, S3: Desdemona: "When I have spoke of you dispraisingly - / Hath ta'en your part; to have so much to do / To bring him in?"

Double meaning which suggests Cassio took his part in Othello's relationship - leads Othello to take Desdemona's words more suspiciously, especially since this would 'explain' why she spoke negatively


A3, S3: Othello: "Whereon, I do beseech thee, grant me this / To leave me but a little to myself"

Othello wants to be left alone - surprising since they were recently married


A3, S3: Othello: "But I do love thee; and when I love thee not, / Chaos is come again"

He was self assured and confident in act 1 but now he is less convinced as he sees himself in chaos and turmoil internally


A3, S3: Iago: "But for a satisfaction of my thought; / No further harm"

Ironic that this comes from Iago, it also shows his manipulation


A3, S3: Othello: "Is he not honest?"
Iago: "Honest, my lord?"
Othello: "Honest? Ay, honest."

Ironic tripling of honest, as well as them completing each other's lines


A3, S3: Othello: "Alas, thou echoest me, / As if there were some monster in thy thought / Too hideous to be shown"

This could be a reference to the "green eyed monster", Iago being a monster, or Othello himself being a monster - this implies Iago is a manifestation of Othello's worry and inner problems


A3, S3: Iago: "My lord, you know I love you"

Direct contradiction and explicit lie - manipulation is clear


A3, S3: Iago: "Men should be what they seem; / Or those that be not, would they might seem none."

Immediately tries to persuade Othello to stop believing Cassio, but subtly


A3, S3: Iago: "Good name in man and woman, dear my lord, / Is the immediate jewel of their souls. / Who steals my purse, steals trash; 'tis something, / nothing"

Iago discusses the importance of reputation, directly contradicting what he said to Cassio, and this idea is one he has actually taken from what Cassio says. He also references how he takes money from Roderigo


A3, S3: Iago: "O beware my lord of jealousy; / It is the green-eyed monster which doth mock / The meat it feeds on"

Metaphor for jealousy that gives a sense he is speaking from personal experience - implies that Iago wants Othello to suffer the way he does/has - Othello isn't innately jealous, but Iago is?


A3, S3: Iago: "But O, what damned minutes tells o'er / Who dotes, yet doubts, suspects, yet fondly loves"

Alternates positive and negative verbs, juxtaposing them. Perhaps indicates Iago's own internal conflict/disorder, but also what he intends to impose on Othello


A3, S3: Iago: "Look to your wife; observe her well with Cassio; / Wear your eyes thus, not jealous nor secure"

Acts as though he is giving Othello advice, rather than the one causing his doubt


A3, S3: Iago: "In Venice they do let God see the pranks / They dare not show their husbands"

Reinforces the idea of Venice being two faced, as well as referencing Iago once more. Perhaps another way that it is implied that Othello doesn't really understand the way that Venetian society operates because of how they exclude him from the inner circle of their society


A3, S3: Iago: "She did deceive her father, marrying you; And when she seemed to shake, and fear your looks, / She loved them most"

Implies Desdemona could easily lie to Othello, and this is what Brabantio said to Iago, which is something Iago wants to remind us of


A3, S3: Iago: "I am to pray you not to strain my speech / To grosser issues, nor to larger reach / Than to suspicion"

Trying to act as though he doesn't want Othello to look too deeply into what he has said - ironic


A3, S3: Iago: "My speech should fall into such vile success / Which my thoughts aimed not"

Oxymoron indicates his duplicity


A3, S3: Iago: "Not to affect many proposed matches / Of her own clime, complexion and degree"

Iago explicitly says Desdemona married outside of her social circle, and makes it clear that they can't be expected to stay together because she as married outside her race


A3, S3: Othello: "Why did I marry? This honest creature doubtless / Sees and knows more, much more, than he unfolds"

Shows that Iago's persuasion is successful


A3, S3: Othello: "This fellows of exceeding honesty"



A3, S3: Othello: "If I do prove her haggard... I'd whistle her off, and let her down the wind / To prey at fortune"

- Reference to an untamed bird - semantic field of falconry. A hawk would've been an accessory to a knight at the time, so Othello is trying to put the situation in terms familiar to him that he can understand
- He also says he is happy to let her go, something that is contradicted later in the play


A3, S3: Othello: "Haply, for I am black / And have not those soft parts of conversation / That chamberers have; or, for I am declined / Into the vale of years"

Direct reference to Cassio and his way with words, as well as an acknowledgement that his language is 'lesser' than that of those around him