Explain Comic Relief in Othello.
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In Othello, Shakespeare expertly uses the role of the clown to provide some well deserved comic relief. Both in Act III, first when he converse with Othello about his wind instruments i.e haughty like Iago and then with Desdemona where he uses a play on the word ’lie’ when she inquires about the whereabouts of Cassio.
The use of puns and double entendres brings a level of levity to the otherwise intense acts and scenes and also help buld character sketches of Desdemona, Cassio etc.