Othello quotes Act 1

”A fellow….That never set a squadron in the field,Nor the division of a battle knows.” – Iago – to argue he should have got the job before Cassio
”I follow him to serve my turn upon him.” – Iago – shows his desire to get revenge on Othello
“In following him, I follow but myself”. Iago is hypocritical – he is only pretending to be loyal to Othello
”I am not what I am” – Iago – character is not what he seems
”An old black ram is tupping your white ewe.” – Iago – crude racist language
”lascivious moor” – Roderigo – racist and jealous of Othello
”Though I do hate him as I do hell’s pains,I must show out a flag and sign of love.” – Iago – hates Othello but is planning to act loyal
”Let him do his spite. My services, which I have done the signory,Shall out-tounge his compaints.” – Othello – Othello is confident and proud of himself. Good reputation.
”Gentle Desdemona” -Othello – genuine affection
”My parts, my title and my perfect soulShall manifest me rightly” – Othello – asserts he is a good man
”She is abus’d, stol’n from me and corrupted By spells and medicines bought of mountebanks” – Brabantio – does not want to believe Desdemona loves Othello. Racist – accuses Othello of witchcraft.
“She loved me for the dangers I had passed.And I loved her that she did pity them.” – Desdemona – shows Othello’s heroic side and the love between Othello and Desdemona.
”Look to her, Moor, if thou hast eyes to see,She has deceived her father, and may thee.” – Brabantio – foreshadows Othello’s future jealosies
Honest Iago, My Desdemona must I leave to thee” – Othello – very ironic view of Iago
”I hate the Moor, And it is thought abroad that ‘twixt my sheetsHe’s done my office” – Iago – another reason for hating Othello
”The Moor is of a free and open natureThat thinks men honest that but seem to be so And will as tenderly be led by the nose….As asses are” – Iago – plans to use Othello’s openness and honesty against him.

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