Othello Act I Notes

Who is Othello? -main character-Moor-General-married to Desdemona
Who is Desdemona? -elite lady-daughter of Brabantio-married to Othello
Who is Iago? -Othello’s servant-secretly hates Othello-not religious-tells Brabantio about Desdemona and Othello
Who is Roderigo? -gullible-loves Desdemona-is tricked by Iago in the end of scene 3 to sell everything for lots of money-tells Brabantio about Desdemona and Othello
Who is Cassio? -Othello’s second in command
Who is the Duke? -sends Othello to Cyprus-helps Brabantio run “trial” against Othello
Who is Brabantio? -senator-Desdemona’s father-believes Othello used magic on his daughter-runs “trial” against Othello
Where does the play take place? -Venice, Cyprus 16th century
What happened in Act 1? -Othello and Desdemona eloped-Iago and Roderigo told Brabantio about Othello and Desdemona-Brabantio has Desdemona testify about her love for Othello-Othello and Desdemona head to Cyprus-rumor that Othello slept with Iago’s wife-rumor that Othello picked Cassio as his lieutenant instead of Iago
Why does Iago hate Othello? -due to the rumors that he either–slept with his wife–picked Cassio over him for lieutenant
How do Desdemona and Othello feel about each other? -they love each other as seen in Act I Scene III where they both talk about how much they love each other
What is the Senate Scene all about? -begins with the fact that the Turks are about to attack Cyprus-mostly Othello and Desdemona professing love in front of senate
Why does the play open with two people talking badly about Othello? -to contrast when Othello actually enters-to show the reader the drama that is building
Why are neither Othello nor Desdemona mentioned by name in the opening scene? -to add to the suspense-keep the reader interested
When and how do Othello’s and Desdemona’s names appear? -when Othello enters
What warning does Brabantio give to Othello? -Desdemona lied to me so she might lie to you
What sort of language does Iago use to tell Brabantio of his daughter’s elopement? -animal references-figurative languages
What does Roderigo want from Iago? -help in getting Desdemona to love him
What does Iago want from Roderigo? -to embarrass Othello-money?

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