Othello Questions: Act 1

What was Iago’s complaint in Scene 1? Iago complained that he did not get the promotion. Cassio has the position, despite his not having any military experience.
Who was Branantio, and why did Iago and Roderigo awaken him in the middle of the night? Brabantio is a senator and Desdemona’s father. Iago and Roderigo awoke Brabantio in the middle of the night because they said his daughter was being robbed. They enrage him by making lots of racial and sexual statements.
Why did Iago leave Roderigo at Brabantio’s house? Iago didn’t want the moor to know he was involved in the situation. It was important for his plan that he remain under cover.
What was Brabantio’s reaction to Othello’s marriage to Desdemona? Brabantio thinks Desdemona was basically forced to marry Othello, and was very angry! He believes she could only have been convinced to do so by fear, force, or magic.
Why did the Duke send for Othello? He thought his daughter was bewitched into marrying Othello.
Brabantio comlains to the Duke about Othello’s marriage to Desdemona. After listening to both sides of the story, what was the Duke’s reply? The Duke tells Brabantio that Othello’s tale would have won his daughters as well! Further, Brabantio needs to make the best of this situation because Othello is a good man and it is clear Desdemona loves him.
What was Roderigo’s complaint, and what was Iago’s reply to it? He didn’t get Desdemona despite the money and time he has invested with Iago. Iago’s advice is for Roderigo to keep control of his emotions and get money, “Put money in thy purse.”

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