Othello Acts 3 & 4

Why does Cassio bring musicians? What is Othello’s response to them? to get him on Othello’s good side. Othello hates the music and pays the clown to go away
What does Emilia tell Cassio that Desdemona is already doing for him? that Desdemona is speaking to Othello on Cassio’s behalf.
What responses do Othello and Iago have to seeing Cassio leave Desdemona? Iago plants the seed in Othello’s mind that Cassio and Desdemona are having an affair.
How successfully does Desdemona plead for Cassio? What is Othello’s response to Desdemona as she leaves? Othello says he will honor her and the subject is dropped for a while, but Othello does not trust Desdemona.
Why doesn’t Iago simply tell Othello right away that Desdemona and Cassio are having an affair? Iago wants to gradually bother Othello so then he gets really mad but has no evidence.
Othello’s love for Desdemona is solid as can be seen through line 93 of Act 3, Scene 3. Why does he become a man in “misery” by his next speech (3.3.190/p10). What has moved him fromlove to jealousy? Othello hears from Iago that Desdemona is having an affair with Cassio.
What thing does Emilia find and give to Iago? What does Iago intend to do with it? Desdemona’s handkerchief that Othello gave to her. Iago wants to tell Othello that Cassio has the handkerchief as evidence of Desdemona’s affair.
What is Iago’s first reply when Othello demands proof of his wife’s disloyalty? What “proof” does Iago eventually offer Othello. He heard Cassio talking in his sleep about Desdemona and how they made love. He also says Cassio has the handkerchief.
What does Othello decide and command at the end of Scene 3? He wants Cassio dead and revenge on Desdemona.
How likely is it that Othello will keep an open mind until he has seen real proof? How much have Iago’s suggestions about Desdemona’s “nature” worked on Othello? Not likely because Othello is already convinced and angry that Desdemona is having an affair.
Is there any chance of his chasing his mind or of Desdemona’s convincing him of her innocence? Small chance. Desdemona does convince Othello of her faithfulness but it probably is not enough to convince him that she is actually faithful.
What is Emilia’s relationship with Iago and Desdemona? Iago uses Emilia’s relationship with Desdemona to destroy Othello’s relationship.
What is the history of the handkerchief and is it true? The handkerchief was his mothers and it has magical powers. This is a lie to make it seem more important than it is.
What is Emilia’s view of men? How justified is she? Emilia thinks men use women for their bodies and leave when they get bored.
Who is Bianca? What is her relationship to Cassio? What does he ask her to do? What is her emotional response? Sound familiar? A prostitute who is Cassio’s lover. Cassio asks her to copy the handkerchief and she becomes upset.
Who has the handkerchief at the end of scene 4? Bianca because Cassio gave it to her.