Othello Act 1, Scene 3 Quotes

“the valiant Moor” the first senator’s description of the Moor, gives him height to fall from
“How I did thrive in this fair lady’s love/ And she in mine” Shows Othello and Desdemona’s equal relationship
“Let me go with him.” Desdemona is very strong-willed and unafraid to demand that she be allowed to go with Othello to Cyprus (her strength and fall?)
“She has deceived her father and may thee” Brabantio to Othello who replies ‘My life upon her faith!’ Iago uses Brabantio’s argument later on and this foreshadows Iago’s plot
“I hate the Moor” Iago’s first soliloquy he reveals his true feelings towards Othello
“free and open nature” ‘The Moor is of a…’ Iago acknowledges Othello’s good qualities and so how he will use them against him
“will as tenderly be led by the nose/ As asses are” Iago’s first soliloquy, again uses animal imagery to describe how he will manipulate Othello with ease
“loved me for the dangers I had passed/ And I loved her that she did pity them” Othello says this of Desdemona- did they just fall in love with the image or idea of each other?
“Far more fair than black” The Duke seeks to reassure Brabantio “your son in law is…”
“Framed to make women false” Due to Cassio’s charms and looks, Iago is able to make Cassio look as if he is “…”
“Jewel” Brabantio is materialistic, he calls Desdemona his “…” suggesting he sees his daughter as a possession
“done my office” Iago believes Othello has slept with his wife- possible motive
“money in thy purse” Shows how Iago is going to exploit Roderigo for his own benefit “Thus do I ever make my fool my purse”

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