Iago plays the trick and makes him emotional by saying to be direct and honest is not safe. Othello tells him that he is in a fix as to the true nature of his wife. Othello wants to ascertain if she is honest or a whore. Iago, finding the most suitable occasion, tells a fake incident. He relates once while he was sleeping in the lodgings of Iago when he heard him muttering the name of Desdemona in lovable manner and wild passions. Then Cassio, in his dream, kissed and did weird things. Very craftily, iago asks Othello: "have you not sometimes seen a handkerchief.
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Both of them leave narrative ignoring the handkerchief. Emilia picks up the handkerchief which her husband has asked her to steal. "I am glad I have found this napkin: This was her first remembrance from the moor: my wayward husband hath a hundred times. Woo'd me to steal it; but she so loves the token". She gives it to her husband, iago. This is the same handkerchief which Othello gifted to desdemona. Iago plans to leave that napkin in the lodgings of Cassio to be found by Othello later. Othello enters in the same desperate mood and lost manners. He is still ruing the fact of having married a fair lady. Othello is in bad moods. He asks Iago to prove that his wife, desdemona, is as bad as he blamed her.
I am abused; and my relief. Must be to loathe her". At this moment enter Desdemona with Emilia. She report reminds Othello of the dinner he has arranged for the cyprus folks. She finds him unwell. Othello lies that he has headache. She ties her napkin around his head but it drops.
He says that he is in deep love of Othello and is forced to say such things to keep him safe from any harm. Iago also says that Desdemona writing may soon get interested in somebody of her own clime and complexion. Othello parts Iago asking him to keep a watch on Emilia. After Iago leaves, Othello is almost repenting his decision of marrying Desdemona. He believes Iago knows much more than he is telling him. Iago returns and advises Othello not to restore cassio awhile so that it may be seen if Desdemona get impatient over his restoration. Othello feels dejected and in his own imagination he is quite convinced of the treachery of his faithful wife: "Haply, for i am black, and have not those soft parts of conversation. That chamberers have, or for i am declined. Into the vale of years,-yet that's not much.
But Iago defends the honesty of Cassio to make his case for later use. When Othello remains persistent for the opinion of Iago, he adds fuel to the fire of Othello's jealousy by indirectly referring to the evil intents of Cassio. Othello resolves not to doubt his wife because of his own inner complexes: "Nor from mine own weak merits will I draw. The smallest fear or doubt of her revolt; For she had eyes, and chose.". He also claims that he will not doubt his wife unless he has seen it: "no, iago; I'll see before i doubt; when I doubt, prove; And on the proof, there is no more but this". Iago claims that he will show Othello his wife in friendly terms with Cassio. He also says that she deceived her father for him so she may do anything.
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But he fear that after sometime, his night's master will forget his services and he may not be appointed as lieutenant to the general again. Cassio leaves when he hears that Othello is coming. Othello spots him going. Desdemona tells Othello that Cassio came for request of restoration. She prays him for getting Cassio back but Othello says that it was not possible at that time.
However, Othello agrees to restore him the day english desdemona wants. But the germs of jealousy have entered into his mind and body. He is jealous and unhappy inwardly. This is the most apt time for Iago to play his part. Othello says that he senses: "As if there were some monster in his thought. Too hideous to be shown. Thou dost mean something".
He advises Roderigo to wake up the father of Desdemona and plague his happy state. He also advises him to make the story scandalous. Roderigo wakes and tells the tale of marriage to desdemona's father, Brabantio. At first Brabantio does not believe him but later finds out the truth. Iago slips away saying that though he hates Othello yet he cannot afford to reveal it at this stage.
Brabantio is very grieved and angry at the deed of his daughter: "treason of the blood! Fathers, from hence trust not your daughters' minds. By what you see them act.". He calls up his men and sets in search of Othello. Roderigo offers to lead the search team and Brabantio agrees. He gets armed men along. Cassio is requesting Desdemona for the restoration of his position. Emilia is also present there. Desdemona assures him that soon he will regain his seat.
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Roderigo wishes to be Othello's essay hangman. Iago asks Roderigo : "be judge yourself, Whether i in any just term am affined. To love the moor. iago further reveals his intentions "I follow him to serve my turn upon him". Iago also tells him that he is hiding his true thinking but once his mission is accomplished, he will reveal his inner thoughts: "But I will wear my heart upon my sleeve. For daws to peck at: i am not what.". Othello and Desdemona have married secretly.
Iago asks him to wait and don't return to venice yet. Later, iago thinks of using his wife for the planned episode of Cassio and Desdemona. Scene i, the play opens with the discussion between Iago and Roderigo. Roderigo is reminding Iago "Thou told'st me thou didst hold him(Othello) in thy hate" while he replies "Despise me, if I do not". Iago also tells him that Cassio has been appointed as lieutenant to Othello which stirs Iago's hatred for Othello. Iago wanted that position. He considers Cassio no more than "a Florentine, a desk fellow almost damn'd in a fair wife; That never set a squadron in the field".
planning to use cassio attempts in poisoning the ears of Othello. He says: "As I do now: for whiles this honest fool. Plies Desdemona to repair his fortunes. And she for him pleads strongly to the moor, i'll pour this pestilence into his ear.". He also plots: "She shall undo her credit with the moor. So will I turn her virtue into pitch, And out of her own goodness make the net. That shall enmesh them all. in the meantime, roderigo enters and tells Iago that he is spent all his money.
He may create such nuisance which may create disturbance for the whole of the island. Cassio is doing his duty while roderigo enters and provokes him a planned. Iago and Montano go to stop dillard Cassio from beating Roderigo. The thing leads to the quarrel between Montano and Cassio while roderigo disappears silently. Iago, finding the occasion as most apt, rings the alarms. Othello enters and inquires what the matter. Upon hearing Montano, he sacks Cassio from his current duty of guard. Cassio is very depressed while cunning Iago is still enjoying the act of befooling the brave soldier. Iago prepares his mind to get closer to desdemona for regaining his lost position by her favours.
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Othello asks Cassio to keep the watch words well. He also says that "Iago is most honest". When Othello and Desdemona are gone, iago and Cassio start conversing over her beauty and youth. Iago asks Cassio for a round of wine to which Cassio refuses saying that he cannot control when he is drunk. Well, this is what Iago wants. He almost forcibly gives him wine. They have also invited Montano for sharing the wine. When Cassio is away, iago tells Montano that Cassio is a brave soldier but when drunk he is not reliable. He says Cassio sees dreams and reacts illogically.