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Othello Act 1 Scene 1

Literary Analysis
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Bowen Ma

on 10 December 2013

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Othello
Act 1 Scene 1
Literary Analysis By
Bowen Ma / George Chen
The play began at the midst of a conversation
They planed to get Desdemona's dad involved.
Eventually, Brabantio was offended by the inflammatory terms from Iago.
Brabantio called up his men to Othello's place.
Brabantion was annoyed by those unexpected guests.
Assessment of Iago
Establish Character
VS
Provide Narrative
the strength of Iago's "Sblood" is an angry response
"Tush" of a wealthy man
--- Roderigo
Readers more to
Othello's Marriage
Tush, never tell me! I take it much unkindly.
--- Roderigo (1,1,1)
Iago characterizes Othello
'Certes', says he,
'I have already chosen my officer.'

--- Iago (1.1.16-17)
Distance Othello away from the readers
Eyes had seen the proof
---Othello---
Iago's commitment to Othello
this scene
Desdemona's Infidelity
later in the play
Venice
a symbol of LAW and CIVILIZATION
the population is mainly WHITE
racism issue
The Theme of Jealousy
One Michael Cassio, a Florentine,
A fellow almost damn'd in a fair wife;
That never set a squadron in the field,
Nor the division of a battle knows
More than a spinster; unless the bookish theoric,
Wherein the toged consuls can propose
As masterly as he: mere prattle, without practise,
Is all his soldiership. But he, sir, had the election:
And I, of whom his eyes had seen the proof
At Rhodes, at Cyprus and on other grounds
Christian and heathen, must be be-lee'd and calm'd
By debitor and creditor: this counter-caster,
He, in good time, must his lieutenant be,
And I, God bless the mark, his Moorship’s ancient.
--- Iago (1.1.20)

Iago is pretty jealous
highlights the danger of jealousy
Iago states his first motivation
a possibility that Iago said all of those in attempt to manipulate Roderigo
The Theme of Racism
Othello
he/him
"the Moor" (1.1.57)
"the thick-lips" (1.1.66)
"a Barbary horse" (1.1.113)
The Theme of Racism
Even now, now, very now, an old black ram
Is tupping your white ewe. Arise, arise;
Awake the snorting citizens with the bell,
Or else the devil will make a grandsire of you.
Arise I say!
--- Iago (1.1.89)

Iago calls Othello "devil"
In 16th century, black men were considered evil
The Theme of Trust
the people closest to you can harm you the most
too much trust can kill you
Image
Othello
Barbary Horse
Old Black Ram
Iago
Motif
Roderigo
Rhetorical Device
Alliteration/Diction
Dramatic Techniques
Use of Dramatic Irony
You’ll have your daughter covered with a Barbary horse.
You’ll have your nephews neigh to you.
You’ll have coursers for cousins and gennets for germans.
--- Iago (1.1.111)

Iago uses this to influence Brabantio's emotion
Iago is the driven force behind the plot
Brabantio Othello Roderigo
Iago
villainy
manipulating skills
Question for Discussion
wanted to get Desdemona's love
Iago
revenge on Othello
What will you do if your parents do not allow you to marry the person you love?
Should we fully trust our friends?
Was Roderigo blinded by love? Or was he just simply foolish?
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