Repetition In Othello

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Othello is a play by William Shakespeare about the tragedy of Othello, a commander of Venice, who is a moor. The play starts off with Othello’s ensign named Iago planning to take revenge on Othello for the reason that he deserves the position of lieutenant, and that he also suspects Othello for committing adultery with his wife. So as the play progresses, Iago implants the thought into Othello that that his wife, Desdemona, is cheating on him with Cassio, Othello’s lieutenant. In 4.2.20-95, this is a scene known as the brothel scene because Othello calls Iago’s wife Emilia, “a simple bawd” (Shakespeare 4.2.21), which is a women in charge of a brothel and then he accuses Desdemona as a whore. In this scene, it displays how much of an effect …show more content…
For example, he tells Desdemona “away, away, away!” (4.2.50) when Desdemona is saying how she is faithful to him by telling him that even “Heaven doth truly know it,” (4.2.47). As the word “away” repeats three times, it emphasises how much he does not want to be in the presence of Desdemona and just wants her to go away. Him not wanting to be in the presence of Desdemona shows that in Othello’s head, he’s made up his mind that Desdemona cheated on him and nothing she says will convince him otherwise. Furthermore, it shows how much of an effect Iago had on Othello when telling him the lies of Desdemona’s adultery, as Othello is already convinced and does not want to hear what she has to say. Another example of repetition by Othello is when Desdemona questions what she did by asking, “Alas, what ignorant sin have I committed?” (4.2.81), as she does not even know why Othello is upset with her. In response, he finally accuses her that she is an “Imprudent strumpet!” (4.2.92), which is a whore. However, in his accusation he also repeats, “What committed?/ Committed?... What committed?... What committed?” (4.2.83-91) which again, shows his thoughts. He repeats “committed” with a hint of sarcasm because as mentioned before, in Othello’s head, he is certain that Desdemona cheated on him with Cassio. So when she is unaware of his reasoning for being …show more content…
An example of how the dialogue displays tension is how the scene is structured and how it plays out. Throughout the scene, Desdemona is asking questions such as, “what doth your speech import?” (4.2.37) “To whom, my lord? With whom? How am I false?” (4.2.49), and “why do you weep?” (4.2.51). However, Othello does not answer her questions which creates tension because it shows he does not want to deal with her and is upset with her. In addition, it prolongs the reveal of what is on Othello’s mind; that Desdemona is a whore. Alongside that, Shakespeare choose not to bring up Cassio’s name in the dialogue. By doing so, it creates more tension because if his name was brought up, Desdemona could defend herself more, which would lead to an uninteresting play, as the readers pity Desdemona more for her not know what is happening, thus keeping their interest. Thus, the use of tension in the dialogue not only reveal that Othello is upset by Desdemona by his way of avoiding her questions, due to the lies from Iago, but it is also used to keep the interest of the

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