William Shakespeare's Othello


Brought to you by The Educational Company of Ireland
With annotations, analysis and commentary by Patrick Murray
Podcasts read by actors Simon Coury and Niamh Daly

Act 3 Scene 3 Plot summary

‘This is the “temptation scene”, the longest and most important in the play. Iago’s plot comes to a head in this pivotal scene, which falls naturally into five parts.

1 Cassio’s suit (lines 1–41)

2 Desdemona’s plea (lines 42–93)

3 Iago’s first temptation of Othello (lines 94–283)

4 Loss of the handkerchief (lines 283–334)

5 Iago’s second temptation of Othello (lines 335–486)…’