Othello – Act 1

What is Iago’s complaint in Scene I? In other words, why does Iago hate Othello? Iago complained that he didn’t get the promotion.
Who is Brabantio, and why do Iago and Roderigo awaken him in the middle of the night? Desdemona’s father to tell him that Desdemona had run away with othello the moor.
Why does Iago leave Roderigo at Brabantio’s house rather than wait until Brabantio comes down? He has to get back to Othello also he has to keep up with the charade that he is on Othello’s side so he can get his position.
What is Roderigo’s previous relationship with Brabantio and Desdemona? Roderigo had wanted to marry Desdemona but Barbantio rejected him
What is Brabantio’s reaction to Othello’s marriage to Desdemona? Brabantio is very angry, swearing that Othello must have bewitched his daughter
Why does the Duke send for Othello? What danger is Cyprus facing? There are reports that Turkish ships are heading toward the island, which means some defense will be necessary.
What accusation does Brabantio make against Othello to the Duke? Says that Othello must have bewitched his daughter
What explanation does Othello give as cause for Desdemona’s affections for him? That he told her many stories of his hard but exciting life and that she did pity him for his adventures.
Brabantio complains to the Duke about Othello’s marriage to Desdemona. After listening to both sides of the story, what is the Duke’s reply? Sends Othello to Cyprus and tells him to take desdemona with.
To whom does Desdemona pledge her duty? Othello
What warning does Brabantio give to Othello? She’s deceived once and probably will again
What is Roderigo’s complaint, and what is Iago’s reply to it? Roderigo is upset that Desdemona and Othello’s union was allowed to stand, since he lusts after Desdemona. But Iago assures him that the match will not last long, and at any time, Desdemona could come rushing to him.
According to the soliloquy at the end of the play, what additional reason does Iago have for “hating the more”? He thinks Othello slept with his wife.

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