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A4, S2: Emilia: "I durst, my lord, to wager she is honest, / ... If any wretch have put this in your head, / Let heaven requite it with the serpent's curse"

First time Othello has heard something that contradicts what Iago has said and what he thinks, but he believes it is another woman working against him

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A4, S2: Othello: "She says enough; yet she's a simple bawd / That cannot say as much"

Sexist attitude, different to how he was earlier in the play - internalises more of Iago's philosophy

3

A4, S2: Othello: "Had it pleased heaven / To try me with affliction"

Refers to the Book of Job in the old testament in which God tormented Job and he suffered it all with patience, so Othello says he would show the same patience

4

A4, S2: Othello: "Or keep it as a cistern for foul toads / To knot and gender in"

Grotesque imagery - has come around to Iago's way of thinking which is cynical and unpleasant

5

A4, S2: Desdemona: "No, as I am a Christian."

Uses religion as proof, but cannot convince Othello

6

A4, S2: Othello: "I took you for that cunning whore of Venice / That married with Othello"

Directly contradicts what she has just told him, as well as referring to himself in 3rd person - losing his sanity

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A4, S2: Emilia: "I will be hanged if some eternal villain, / Some busy and insinuating rogue, / Some cogging, cozening slave, to get some office / Have not devised this slander; I'll be hanged else"

Emilia has begun to hit upon the truth, and she is the first character to identify that this situation has been engineered

8

A4, S2: Iago: "Fie, there is no such man; it is impossible"

Ironic - Iago is exactly the person Emilia discusses, but he denies that it is a possibility

9

A4, S2: Desdemona: "If any such there be, heaven pardon him"

Characteristically nice and forgiving - passive and religious in response to evil - shows her moral goodness

10

A4, S2: Emilia: "A halter pardon him, and hell gnaw his bones"

Directly contrasts with Desdemona suggesting the engineer of this plan should be pardoned - sense of irony since it is Iago?

11

A4, S2: Emilia: "That turned your wit the seamy side without / And made you to suspect me with the Moor"

Revealing about Iago

12

A4, S2: Iago: "You are a fool. Go to"

He speaks bluntly and emphatically - rattled by Emilia's accusations

13

A4, S2: Desdemona: "Here I kneel"

Obedient and religious connotations to show her moral goodness

14

A4, S2: Desdemona: "Unkindness may do much, / And his unkindness may defeat my life, / But never taint my love. I cannot say 'whore'; / It does abhor me now I speak the word"

Shows her moral goodness and morality, as well as her willingness to and passivity in laying down her life

15

A4, S2: Roderigo: "Faith, I have heard too much, for your words and performances are no kin together"

Ironic as he is meant to be the most gullible character but has explicitly realised Iago's manipulation

16

A4, S2: Iago: "You charge me most unjustly"
Roderigo: "With naught but the truth"

Iago lies again to Roderigo, but Roderigo is no longer afraid to stand up to him and speak up for himself

17

A4, S2: Iago: "Why, npw I see there's mettle in thee"

Shows that even Iago recognises Roderigo's development, but he is falsely flattering him to try and keep Roderigo on his side

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A4, S2: Roderigo: "I will hear further reason for this"
Iago: "And you shall be satisfied"

Both use definite future, but Iago's shows his confidence in manipulating Roderigo