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How is drama created in Othello? Answer the following questions to see if you understand what makes Shakespeare such a clever craftsman.
How do Iago's soliloquies create tension?
The audience knows about Iago's plans and can see when he is lying to the other characters.
They take a long time to say.
Shakespeare often changes the tone or mood between scenes because:
he was a clever writer who liked to manipulate the emotions of his audience to keep them interested in the play
his attention wandered and he got fed up of what he was writing
An example of dramatic irony in the play is when Othello hides and listens to Iago's conversation with Cassio, because:
Iago is being really horrible
the audience knows that Cassio is talking about Bianca, whilst Othello thinks that he is talking about Desdemona
Towards the end, when Desdemona goes to speak to Othello, unaware that he intends to kill her, the audience feels:
bored because they know what will happen at the end
tense and powerless because they know what will happen and they can't do anything to stop it!