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Othello Act 1 Analysis

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on 17 January 2016

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Transcript of Othello Act 1 Analysis

The act begins on the street of Venice, where Roderigo and Iago is having an argument. Roderigo has been paying Iago to help him win Desdemona's heart, but without any progress. Desdemona has recently married the moor general Othello. Iago comforts the angry Roderigo by saying that he hates Othello as well for not giving him the promotion that he deserves. He blames Othello for promoting a newbie called Cassio. Iago advises Roderigo to tell Desdemona's father, Brabantio, about her actions. They inform Brabantio that he has been robbed, and that athe moor is taking advantage of his daughter. Hearing this, Brabantio storms over to the Duke of Venice.
Act 1 Scene 1
Characters
:
Iago
Roderigo
Brabantio

Setting
:
Streets of Venice

Key Terms
:
Black Ram
Barbary Horse
White ewe
Spinster




Act 1 Scene 3
End of Act 1
Act 1 Scene 2
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Othello Act 1 Analysis
Characters
:
Iago
Othello
Brabantio
Duke of Venice
Roderigo
Cassio

Setting
:
Othello's lodging

Things to Notice
:
How Iago changes sides
Othello's confidence
Racist claims




Summary:
Characters
:
Iago
Roderigo
Brabantio
Othello
Duke of Venice
Cassio
Desdemona

Setting
:
Venetian court

Things to Notice
:
Racism/Prejudice
Othello's adventurous life
Iago's evil plans
Jealous/Hatred




Summary
Iago comes back to Othello's lodging and warns him about Brabantio's move. Othello then confronts a party of men from the Venetian court and Casiso. They bring message that Othello is wanted in the court for the issue of Cyprus. As he is about to leave, Brabantio and his men arrive to attack Othello. In the midst of a confusion, Othello calmly stops the fight and brings everyone to the court to talk to the Duke of Venice.
The duke and his senators discuss about the invasion and whether the Turks will attack Rhodes or Cyprus. Just then, Othello and Brabantio enter with their men. Brabantio asks the duke to help him with his personal matters, and the duke is willing to help. But when he discovers that Brabantio is accusing Othello of stealing Desdemona, he gives Othello a chance to defend himself. Othello admits his relationship, but denies that he used magic to seduce her. Instead, he claims that Desdemona fell in love with him from all the life stories. Desdemona walks in and admits that all this is true. She shifts her obedience from her father to Othello. At this, Brabantio gives up and they all start discussing the matter at hand. Long story short, Othello is bound for Cyprus. Roderigo seems to give up on Desdemona, but Iago mocks him for being silly. When Roderigo exits, Iago makes a soliloquy about his feelings and future plans.
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