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In Act3 Scene 3 of Othello by William Shakespeare, the change of power between characters is present. Othello is a noble army general in service of the Duke of Venice, he is a man of power and resilience against all other characters yet this power seems to be removed due to manipulation by Iago (Othello's ensign) a man, who strives to destroy all lives surrounding him.

Iago's a very cunning man, he's clever and sharp with his thoughts and actions, and he doesn't allow anything to slip from his mouth nor give anyone any ammunition to retaliate against his actions. He slowly takes over the characters controlling them, with his deceiving mind. Iago discuses with Othello about his "suspicion" about an affair between Cassio and Desdemona. Iago almost mocks Othello's intelligence with copying the question about Casio being honest,

"honest my lord" " honest, ay honest"

This irritates Othello and plants thoughts of, adultery, cuckoldry, hypocrisy and jealousy into Othello's mind, pushing him to the end where all he can do is suspect the worse. Iago continues to manipulate Othello's happiness and state of mind with stories of Cassio's and Iago's night sharing a bed and how Cassio screamed for Desdemona. Iago then claims to have witnessed Cassio wiping his beard with the handkerchief Othello gave Desdemona as her first gift. Othello is an extremely gullible person, which does lead to his downfall, easily believing Iagos manipulative ideas pushes Othello to the edge, and he states that it would be better to be deceived completely than to suspect without proof. The power beholding a man of such high ranking such as Othello can completely be transferred to another easily, with just confidence and manipulation. The power of all the characters

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