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Othello solemnly vows to execute "a capable and wide revenge" (459), and then he kneels. He uses  such words as  heaven, reverence,  and  sacred,  and it is as though he sees himself as a rightful  scourge of evil, as executing  public  justice and not merely doing  personal  revenge. Iago bids the  Moor not to rise yet, and he himself kneels and dedicates himself to "wrong'd Othello's service"  (467). Then as both rise, Othello "greets" Iago's love and delegates a test of Iago's loyalty: See to it  that Cassio is dead within three days. One cannot imagine more welcome words to Iago. As for  Desdemona's fate, Othello says that he will withdraw and find "some swift means of death" (447).  Othello's soul is so hopelessly ensnared in Iago's web of treachery that he proclaims Iago as his new  lieutenant and states tragically, "I am your own for ever" (449). By the end of Act III, Scene 3, Iago has secured a shaky dominance over Othello. He is within reach 
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This note was uploaded on 11/04/2011 for the course ENG 101 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '08 term at Texas State.

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