Othello Act 1 All Scenes

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Questions and answers about Othello Act 1 Scenes 1, 2 and 3

Read Act I, scene i and note down the line references that represent the following sections:

1. Iago and Roderigo enter arguing about Iago’s use of Roderigo’s money.
2. Iago complains that he has been passed over for promotion.
3. Iago reveals that he is only continuing to be loyal to Othello in order to seek revenge.
4. Iago reveals that nothing about him is necessarily as it seems.
5. Iago and Roderigo awaken Brabantio, a Venetian senator, to tell him of his young daughter’s secret and controversial marriage to Othello, a black, middle-aged general in the Venetian army.
6. Brabantio is initially displeased and suspicious of this information – partly as Roderigo has recently been rejected as a suitor for Desdemona.
7. Roderigo persuades Brabantio that he should at least check if their claims are true.
8. Iago leaves the scene not wanting to be identified as having informed Brabantio of Othello’s actions.
9. Brabantio believes that Desdemona must have been bewitched or enchanted to have deceived her father and married Othello.
10. Roderigo and Brabantiio leave to confront Othello.

Now see if you can answer the following questions, making references to specific parts of the scene where relevant:

1. Who seems to have more control in the relationship between Iago and Roderigo?
2. Why does Iago exit the scene at line 159?
3. How does Brabantio’s opinion of Roderigo change across the scene? What might this tell you about Brabantio’s views of Othello and Desdemona’s marriage to him?

Act I, Scene ii
This scene takes place at Othello’s lodgings. Othello is a General in the Venetian army. It opens apparently in the middle of a discussion between Othello and Iago.

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