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Cassio's method for seeking help reveals his utter powerlessness. He tells Iago at the beginning of Act 3 that he has sent to Emilia (Iago's wife) to help him gain access to Desdemona, who he hopes will help him gain access to Othello. Cassio was the "go-between" when Othello and Desdemona were first seeing each other, so Desdemona feels that both she and Othello owe a debt of friendship to him and she is more than willing to pay it by asking Othello to reconsider. Emilia tells us that Othello is already predisposed toward helping Cassio, but that for political reasons he must wait for the time to be right because the man Cassio hurt was well-regarded in Cyprus. Yet when Othello agrees to meet with Cassio, he says he does it to stop Desdemona's mouth, and he does it as a "boon"-a favor-to Desdemona.
Cassio appeals to Desdemona to help him regain his position. Desdemona tells Cassio that she will do all she can to help him. Iago then, of course, uses this to show Othello that Desdemona and Cassio are having an affair. I'm not sure what you mean by the begninng of the act, however in the beginning of Act 3 scene 3 Othello says he’ll give Desdemona what she wants, and talk to Cassio and asks to be left alone.
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