Act 1 Scene 1-3

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  • 1.1 Iago and Rodrigo are in the street somewhere in Venice.  Iago is upset about how Othello is ranked higher than him while Rodrigo is upset about how he is in love with Desdemona but she is married to Othello. 
  • You told me you hated Othello but now he's married to Desdemona.
  • I do hate him! He thinks he's better than me!
  • 1.1 Rodrigo and Iago go to Brabantio's house to wake him up and tell him about his daughter's secret marriage.  Brabantio is furious and demands that they find him and make him pay.
  • Othello married Desdemona secretly tonight.
  • He will regret this! We must hunt him down!
  • 1.2 Iago is with Othello now completly changing his opinion.  He is telling Othello that Brabantio is in the wrong and that he wanted to kill him for the things he said about Othello.
  • I wanted to kill him!
  • It's better that you didn't considering he's now my father-in-law.
  • 1.2 Brabantio shows up accusing Othello of drugging his daughter and witchcraft and wants him to be thrown in jail.  Othello responds calmly and says he cannot be thrown in jail for the duke wants him.
  • Hold on a minute.  Everyone calm down.
  • Seize him and through him in jail for he is a thief!
  • 1.3 Brabantio brings Othello to the Duke and tells him that a man has stolen his daughter.  At first the Duke is angry but then is hesitant when he hears that the man is Othello.
  • Of course I believe you but I must hear both sides.
  • Othello stole my daughter and must pay!
  • 1.3 The Duke brings in Desdemona where she testifies that they are in love and she was not forced into anything.  She then declares that she would like to be with her husband at war. 
  • I would like to live with my husband, the man I love.
  • Where will you live while Othello is at war?
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