Othello Study Guide Essay

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Act One What is Iago's complaint in Scene I? Who is Brabantio, and why does Iago and Roderigo awaken him in the middle of the night? Why does Iago leave Roderigo at Brabantio's house? What is Roderigo’s previous relationship with Brabantio and Desdemona? What is Brabantio's reaction to Othello's marriage to Desdemona? Why does the Duke send for Othello? What danger is Cyprus facing? Brabantio complains to the Duke about Othello's marriage to Desdemona. After listening to both sides of the story, what is the Duke's reply? What is Roderigo's complaint, and what is Iago's reply to it? Who is Othello, and why is he so respected by the Duke? What warning does Brabantio give to Othello? Othello and Desdemona have just been married. Will they stay together or separate? What does Iago say must happen to Desdemona? Why does Iago “hate the Moor”? How would you grade Iago on racial insensitivity? Act Two Where are we as Act 2 begins? What is the situation at sea? What has happened to the Turkish fleet? Which ship from Venice arrives first? Which ship arrives second? Why is it surprising that it arrives before Othello’s? What does the discussion between Desdemona and Emilia tell us about their relationship? Who is Emilia? How does Cassio greet Desdemona and Emilia? Why does Iago want Roderigo to anger Cassio? What is the purpose of Iago's plan? What evidence is Iago using to rationalize his plan? Is his evidence solid? What keeps Roderigo from seeing the truth instead of Iago’s lies? What emotion seems to be governing Iago’s thoughts and actions? How does Iago see Desdemona, and how does Cassio see Desdemona? Why does Iago want Cassio to drink more wine? What is the outcome of Cassio’s drinking? What lie does Iago tell Montano about Cassio? Why does Othello strip
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