Othello’s clown comes out and insults the musicians by comparing the noise from their instruments to farts since their using Wind instruments. The clown then tells the players Othello loves their music so much he wants them to stop playing. However, if they have any music that can’t be heard, they’re more than welcome to play that kind of music. The musicians say they don’t have that type of music, so he tells them to leave.
Cassio is falling right into the hands of Iago because he’s so determined to make his case to Othello by getting Desdemona to vouch for him. Iago promises to get Othello away from Desdemona so Cassio can speak with her. Cassio then says, “I never knew A Florentine more kind and honest.” Emilia tells Cassio that it looks like everything is going to be good with Othello and him, but Instead of Cassio taking her word, he says that he wants her to help him set up a private meeting so he can talk to Desdemona’s face to face.
Othello tells Iago to go and deliver his letters to the Senate. Othello wants to send his regards to the Senate. The purpose of this scene is to get Othello away from Desdemona, so Cassio can talk to her privately.
1. Desdemona is falling right into the web of Iago’s plans because she promises Cassio that she’ll not rest until she has persuaded Othello to make Cassio his lieutenant once again. She wants them to start over and become friends once again. Desdemona tells Cassio that she would rather die than give up on fixing the tragic situation between Othello and Cassio
2. Othello says, “Excellent wretch! Perdition catch my soul But I do love thee! And when I love thee not, Chaos is come again..” Othello is saying that he loves Desdemona so much and that life without her would be chaotic.
3. Iago compares jealousy to a green-eyed monster. He says, “O, beware, my lord, of jealousy! It is the green-eyed monster which doth mock the meat it feeds on”. It reveals that the man who is jealous starts to make conclusions based on mere suspicion and will believe anything that will fuel those suspicions.
4. Othello says that if he does find that Desdemona is wild (Haggard), then, by the strings that tie her to his heart, he would release her. Othello then concludes that Desdemona is lost to him, and the only way to relieve himself from his sorrows is by hating her. Right after he says this though, Emilia and Desdemona come in. Othello’s mind completely changes and he comes to his senses again. He says that he can’t believe that his wife would cheat on him and that he would need evidence to believe otherwise.
5. The scene starts with Desdemona noticing that her husband doesn’t seem well, and she tries to make him feel better by offering to bind his head with her handkerchief. Othello tells her that the handkerchief is too small and he pushes it away. It ends up dropping to the floor and they both don’t notice. Iago wants to put the handkerchief in Cassio’s room, so he can fuel Othello’s suspicions that Desdemona is in fact cheating on him with Cassio.
6. Othello’s allusion to Diana’s visage shows that he has lost faith in himself. He’s alluding to the fact that Desdemona’s name was pure like Diana, but now its black like his skin from all the “sins” that she has “committed”.
1. Othello asks Desdemona for her hand and notices that it’s moist. This leads him to believe that she indeed has been unfaithful. He then says that her hand is “frank,” implying that she is too open. Othello is saying that she’s willing to give her hand to anyone. Desdemona gets fed up of talking about her hand and she changes the subject to remind Othello that he promised to see Cassio. However, this was a very bad move, because it only raises Othello’s suspicions and enrages him even more. This shows us that Othello is now indeed very jealous and that he’s not in control of himself anymore.
2. Othello tells Desdemona the story of the handkerchief. He says It’s a family heirloom that is very sacred. He said that a psychic told his mom that, as long as she had the handkerchief, Othello’s dad would love her, but, if she lost it or gave it away, Othello’s dad would lose his love for her and he would start to cheat on her. Othello’s mom gave him the handkerchief before she died, and she told him to give it to the woman he marries. Othello then says that losing the handkerchief would be very terrible.
Othello believes that the handkerchief has magical powers and this tells us that he indeed does believe in superstitions.
3. Emilia starts off by saying, “Is not this man jealous?” Desdemona says that she has never seen her husband act like this and that she doesn’t know what’s going on. Emilia then says that this isn’t surprising and that she shouldn’t worry since women are basically like food to men.