1. In lines 1-22, Iago is making Othello imagine Desdemona and Cassio in bed together. He then brings up the lost handkerchief to anger Othello, because he knows that Othello is doing his best to forget about it.”O, it comes o’er my memory As doth the raven o’er the infectious house, Boding to all”. This quote here is about Othello wishing that he could forget about the lost handkerchief. The plague reference is referring to the fact that Iago is infecting Othello’s mind with poison. The change in syntax suggests that Othello is not in control of himself and his thoughts.
2. Iago tells Othello to hide so that he can overhear a conversation between Iago and Cassio, where Cassio will clearly incriminate himself by talking loosely about Desdemona. Othello thinks this is a wonderful idea, and says he’ll listen. Iago then tells the audience his real plan. He says that he’ll talk in veiled terms to Cassio about Bianca, whom Cassio takes very lightly. Othello, hearing the conversation, is bound to think Cassio is making light of his wife, Desdemona.
3. Iago brings up Bianca, in all her pathetic ardor. Cassio, of course, laughs about how much the woman loves him, how desperate she is, and how easily beguiled she has been by his false intentions of marriage. Cassio says that “she” follows him everywhere. He was chatting with some guys on the waterfront the other day when “she” came and started hanging all over him. Bianca helps move Iago’s plan forward. Bianca throws Desdemona’s handkerchief in Cassio’s face. Othello recognizes the handkerchief because he gave it to Desdemona and this was the ocular proof that Othello was looking for.
4. Iago says, “Do it not with poison. Strangle her in her bed, even the bed she hath contaminated.” He advocated this particular means of death because Othello will have to physically kill Desdemona and make her suffer.
1. Othello tries to get Emilia to confess that Desdemona and Cassio are having an affair. Emilia tells him that he’s crazy—she has observed Cassio and Desdemona every minute they’ve been together, and nothing remotely suspicious has happened. Othello says,”Yes, you have seen Cassio and she together.” Emilia then says, “But then I saw no harm, and then I heard Each syllable that breath made up between them.”
2. Desdemona is basically Othello’s heart to him. She gives him a reason to live in the terrible society he lives in. Infidelity kills Othello’s heart and its the one thing that he cannot tolerate.
3. Othello gives Emilia money to keep her mouth shut about what has gone down between Desdemona, Emilia, and him. “There’s money for your pains.He gives her money.I pray you turn the key and keep our counsel.”
4. Desdemona asks Emilia to put her wedding sheets on her bed. She does because the wedding sheets have proof that she isn’t unfaithful and that she’s only slept with Othello.
5. Emilia tells Iago that Othello has called Desdemona a whore and all types of demoralizing names. Iago pretends to not know why Othello would behave this way and begs Desdemona to stop crying. Emilia also suggests that it could only be some really evil person, seeking his own self-interest, that plied Othello with lies about Desdemona’s faithfulness in order to make him jealous. This right here shows that Emilia believes in humanistic values because she seeking rational ways to solve Desdemona’s problems.
6. Iago tells Roderigo that Othello’s been called back to Venice, and Cassio is going to replace him in Cyprus. All they have to do is “get rid” of Cassio and Roderigo will have Desdemona all to himself. They are planning to kill Cassio.
1. Othello tells Desdemona to get ready for bed. He says that he’ll be there soon and he tells her to send Emilia away.
2. Desdemona says, “So would not I. My love doth so approve him That even his stubbornness, his checks, his frowns—Prithee, unpin me—have grace and favor in them.” This amplifies tragedy because she’s saying that she loves Othello so much and that she would rather be with him even when he’s acting differently than live without him.
3. After Othello strikes Desdemona, Emilia and Desdemona have a discussion about males infidelity. Emilia says that men are unfaithful because they want power and they’re driven by their weaknesses and insecurities.