Othello Act 3 Scene 3– Mindset
Before Act 3 Scene 3, Othello’s frame of mind is shown to be extremely calm and collected by Shakespeare. We see his humble character through his respect for everybody, as well as his deep love and affection for his new wife, Desdemona. In Act 1 Scene 2, Othello says ‘Let him [Brabantio] do his spite’ showing that he does not judge anybody no matter what they do, and isn’t threatened by what her daddy may do. He thinks that his services ‘shall out-tongue his grievances’, which they do.
His words are powerful and eloquent at the very same time, and bring the confidence he has the right to feel. Even after Brabantio accuses him of ‘witchcraft’ and other horrid things, he remains calm, and doesn’t when retort back. This is what makes the other characters, along with the audience, regard him. We also discover how Othello and Desdemona fell in love, and that their relationship was constructed on pity as he says ‘She enjoyed me for the risks that I had pass ‘d/ And I loved her that she did pity them’. Here Shakespeare foreshadows the nature of their love and Othello’s delicate mind.
Othello is practically lyrical in his speech using Brabantio’s insult to cleverly yet respectfully respond ‘This is the only witchcraft I have actually 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 is able to see how Iago changes Othello’s love for Desdemona into anger and hatred. Iago is shown to manipulate Othello right from the beginning of the act, when he cunningly states ‘Ha, I like not that’ on seeing Cassio ‘stealing’ far from Desdemona.
Iago skillfully uses the word ‘stealing’, which is effective as it recommends that Cassio didn’t want to be caught speaking to Desdemona. This instantly makes Othello suspicious, and his suspicion just grows when she tries to get him to speak to Cassio. The truth that he asks her ‘to leave me but a little to myself’ simply after telling her he will ‘deny thee nothing’ shows the conflict currently going on inside his mind; he needs to be left alone so he can sort out his thoughts. And it works. Just as soon as Desdemona has left does he unwind: ‘Outstanding lowlife!’ 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 freely when she isn’t there to hear it. Shakespeare also lets the audience know simply just how much Desdemona means to Othello when he says ‘chaos is returned’ when he doesn’t like her. This tells us that the whole universe stops making sense to him, which likewise foreshadows what will happen when he finally does stop liking her. The word ‘turmoil’ could also mean his epilepsy, as he understands that something like not enjoying her will trigger it.
Iago continues to control Othello throughout the scene, and when they later on talk again, Othello can tell Iago is keeping back from him by the method he continuously echoes him, making him even more anxious and unsure. The brief, sharp language with numerous exclamation marks reflects Othello’s aggravation. At the same time, Iago makes certain Othello has no doubt about his love for him: ‘My Lord, you understand I love thee’, and the audience can see he has actually handled to fool Othello when he consistently describes him as ‘truthful Iago’. This informs us just how much Othello trusts Iago, and Iago– understanding this– uses it versus him.
Othello is even warned against the risks of ‘the green-eyed monster’ by Iago. The fact that it ‘doth mock the meat it feeds upon’ recommends that it damages the mind, which is exactly what takes place to Othello’s when he is consumed with jealousy. The word ‘monster’ was also raised before by Othello when he said it was as if there were ‘some beast in [Iago’s] ideas/ too hideous to be revealed’, which is intriguing due to the fact that Iago is envious of Cassio, so possibly Shakespeare was suggesting that he has the monster in him also.
As jealousy consumes him, his noble character and sophisticated language start to deteriorate. The images Iago plants in his mind of Desdemona ‘topped’ by Cassio, and of Cassio sleep speaking with her force tortured weeps like ‘Death and damnation! Oh!’ and ‘Oh, monstrous! Monstrous!’ to leave Othello. Shakespeare utilizes alliteration and repeating to stress Othello’s suffering and anguish, and the Oh’s and exclamation marks highlight his pain. Likewise, in Othello’s Goodbye Speech the repeating of the word ‘goodbye’ and utilize of the childish word ‘huge’ suggests that his mind is in chaos.
In it, Othello likewise says ‘farewell’ to his ‘peaceful mind’, from which we can infer 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 thoughts. Completion of the act is the climax of the play, and Shakespeare leaves us with an entirely altered Othello identified to get his vengeance. Finally convinced of Desdemona’s adultery, he pledges to never change his mind about her till he gets the violent revenge he should have: ‘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 rascal’. He likewise attempts to persuade himself that what he is going to do is right, in spite of understanding it is wrong. In his soliloquy he says ‘I am mistreated, and my relief must be to hate her’, and we can see he has actually fully fallen for Iago’s lies and is admitting to disliking Desdemona. Iago has actually finally succeeded in changing Othello from being a caring fan to being one taken in by jealousy and hate, and the devastating ending of the play is inescapable.