You have several options as you read Othello Act III. Be sure to fill out your character sheet as you are reading Act III. (See week 6 for this on going assignment.)

1. Read Othello, Act III, scenes i-iv.
Link HERE (This is a version that puts Shakespeare's words next to a modern day translation.)

2. Use the Google book.

3. Listen to Act III--

Summary of Act III, scene i: Cassio brings musicians to play in front of Othello's house, but Othello's servant sends them away. Cassio sends a servant to ask if Emilia will speak with him. Iago enters and promises Cassio that he will keep Othello out of the way so that he can talk to Emilia. Emilia tells Cassio that Desdemona is already pleading his case to Othello, but Cassio still wants to talk to Desdemona.

Summary of Act III, scene ii:
Othello sends Iago to deliver an official letter and tells Iago to meet him later to discuss military business.

Summary of Act III, scene iii:
Desdemona promises Cassio that she will try to help. Othello and Iago appear and see Cassio speaking with Desdemona. Iago tries to raise Othello's suspicions, but Desdemona tells Othello that she was talking to Cassio. She argues that Othello should give Cassio back his position and rank. Iago persuades Othello that Desdemona is having an affair with Cassio. Desdemona asks Othello to come to dinner. Othello pleads a headache and Desdemona offers to bind his head with her handkerchief. Othello pushes the handkerchief aside and it drops to the floor. Emilia picks up the handkerchief and gives it to Iago. Iago continues to make Othello jealous and says that he has seen Cassio with Desdemona's handkerchief. Othello decides that both Desdemona and Cassio must die.
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