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Othello | Study Guide

William Shakespeare

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Act 3, Scene 2

Professor Bradley Greenburg of Northeastern Illinois University provides an in-depth summary and analysis of Act 3, Scene 2 of William Shakespeare's play Othello.

Othello | Act 3, Scene 2 | Summary



At the citadel in Cyprus, Othello, Iago, and some gentlemen stroll together. Othello gives Iago some letters to deliver for him to a ship bound for Venice. Othello then embarks on a tour of the fortifications.


This interaction shows two things about Iago. First, he is trusted by Othello. While Othello's trust has already been made known, it is important to reiterate it just before Scene 3, in which Iago uses that trust to undermine Othello's faith in his wife's fidelity. Second, Othello uses Iago as a conveyor of information. This is significant because Iago manipulates others by inventing and spreading misinformation to influence their behavior, rather than taking a more direct action. His role as a person who controls information is an essential element of his character.

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