What is a significant quote in act 3? Explain its importance.Explain the importance of the quote, plot progressions, developent in characters, foreshadowing, and any reference to themes in the story

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The most significant quote in Othello Act III comes at the end, in scene iv, when Othello effectively divorces Desdemona and aligns himself with Iago to commit the double-murder of Cassio and Desdemona.

Iago's plan of revenge has gone better than planned.  His wife has dropped Desdemona's napkin into his grasp.  He knows it is the symbol of Othello's love for Desdemona.  When Othello sees it in the hands of Bianca, a prostitute, Othello's fury rages.  The handkerchief now becomes a symbol of morbid jealousy.

Remember, we were never shown Othello and Desdemona's marriage in Act I, but here, at the end of the act, we are privy to a kind of marriage scene.  Othello bows and Iago joins him.  Together, they vow to kill.  Othello says:

I greet thy love,
Not with vain thanks, but with acceptance bounteous,
And will upon the instant put thee to't:
Within these three days let me hear thee say
That Cassio's not alive.

Iago responds, "I am your own forever."

With these words, Othello weds himself to his new Lieutenant.  Indeed, he has sold his soul to the devil.  These words not only seal the fate of Cassio and Desdemona, but Othello--as a tragic hero--most of all.