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Give examples of irony, tone, and suspense from Shakespeare's play Othello.  

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fdgraves | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted July 5, 2011 at 12:11 PM via web

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Give examples of irony, tone, and suspense from Shakespeare's play Othello.

 

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tresvivace | College Teacher | (Level 2) Assistant Educator

Posted July 5, 2011 at 3:28 PM (Answer #2)

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In much of Othello, Shakespeare creates a suspenseful tone.  In the first two acts, for example, we learn what Iago plans to do to and how he plans to create his web of lies and deceit.  This is also dramatic irony as we, the audience, know the truth of Iago's evil plan but Othello does not.  The suspense lies in how Othello will react.

The tone, of course, varies throughout the play as Shakespeare's characters take on a range of tones.  The suspense builds at the end of the play when we know Othello plans to kill Desdemona and yet we hope he does not.  We know Desdemona is innocent, and we hear her injured tone. Othello himself expressed an enraged tone at the thought of Desdemona's infidelity yet a remorseful tone when he sees what he has done.

 

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