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Othello Chapter Summary & Analysis - Act 2, Scene 3 Summary

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Act 2, Scene 3 Summary

The scene starts with Othello setting Cassio and Iago to the watch and then leaving with Desdemona. Cassio and Iago discuss what a lovely woman she is, with Cassio fairly admitting that he finds her desirable. Iago urges Cassio to have some wine. Cassio refuses, saying that he doesn't hold his alcohol well, and that he has already had enough for one night. Still, Iago persists until Cassio gives in.

While Cassio is offstage, Iago addresses the audience. He intends, he says, to make Cassio look bad in the eyes of the people of Cyprus, especially Montano. Cassio returns in the company with Montano and some gentlemen. Cassio has obviously been drinking a lot. Iago sings some drinking songs. Cassio first declares and then reiterates that he is not drunk. He exits, and Iago entreats the men to get to their posts. While he has...

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