The play begins with Iago complaining to Roderigo about how mad and upset he is that Othello promoted Cassio to second in command rather than him. Iago also vows to Roderigo that he will get revenge on Othello and that he will ruin him no matter what the cost. Iago enlists the help of Roderigo to help him with his sinister plan.
Part of Iago's plan is to expose Othello and Desdamona's marriage by telling Desdamona's father, Barbantio, that she has married Othello in secret. Because Iago has to be loyal to Othello for his plan to work, he tells Roderigo to tell Barbantio that way no one will suspect of Iago.
Iago leaves so that Roderigo can tell Barbantio that his daughter has left and married Othello in secret. At first, Barbantio does not believe Roderigo but after Roderigo explains his accusations, Barbantio is furious and goes out to seek Othello for "stealing" his daughter.
Barbantio collects some men to go help him find Othello and ask where he has taken his daughter. When he finds Othello, he is with Iago and there Othello and Barbantio argue back and forth. Barbantio accuses Othello of using witchcraft and sorcery to make his daughter fall in love with him. In that moment Othello is called to the Duke's house for an important issue.
At the Duke's house< Othello explains to Barbantio and the Duke exactly how his relationship started and how he made Desdamona fall in love with him. He explains how he won Desdamona fair and square and if they don't believe him they can go ask her themselves.
Desdamona finally gets to the Duke's house and explains to everyone that what Othello is saying is true and that he won her heart by good terms. She explains to her father that she herself choose Othello and her love for him over her family. Barbantio doesn't really accept it but says he will not try to stop them.
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