Read Othello Act IV, scenes ii-iii

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As you read, THINK about the following questions:

  • How does Emilia prove to be a friend to Desdemona?
  • What are Emilia's beliefs about men and women?
  • Roderigo is absent through much of the play. Explain Roderigo's influence in the action of the play despite his invisibility. How is this evidence of Iago's manipulation?
  • What is Roderigo's purpose in this scene?
  • What do we learn through the conversation between Iago and Roderigo? What is Roderigo able to learn about Iago's character that the other characters in the play have not?
  • How does iago manipulate Roderigo at the end of scene two? Hoe do we know that Iago is manipulating Roderigo?
  • What do we learn about Emilia's and Desdemona's characters is scene three?
  • Shakespeare uses foreshadowing in this scene to tell us what is going to happen to Desdemona. Look for examples of foreshadowing.
  • Explain the purpose of the final conversation between Emilia and Desdemona. What are these two women speaking about in scene three?

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