Othello- Act 1

Othello- Act 1

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  • "By God, I’d rather be his executioner."
  • "I do hate him, I swear... nd who does he choose? A guy who knows more about numbers than fighting! This guy from Florence named Michael Cassio. "
  • "Hey, Brabantio! Signor Brabantio, hey!"
  • "What kind of crude jerk are you?"
  • "We come here to help you and you treat us like thugs, but you let an African horse climb all over your daughter."
  • The scene opens to Iago and Roderigo, a naive rich man, talking on a Venice street. They talk about Desdemona, the love of Roderigo and Othello, a man who's most trusted friend hates him. Iago despises him and Roderigo mourns their union. Iago hates Othello because he appointed Cassio as his lieutenant, not Iago. They began to plan to turn Desdemona's father against and begin towards his house.
  • "What do you have to say for yourself?"
  • "She’s dead to me. She’s been tricked and stolen from me, enchanted by black magic spells."
  • "But if you’ll let me, I’ll tell you the plain story of how we fell in love, and what drugs, charms, spells, and powerful magic—because that’s what I’m being accused of—I used to win his daughter."
  • Iago and Roderigo make it to Brabantio's house. They wake him from his slumber. He scorns them, only until they have news of his daughter. They tell him that his daughter has betrayed him with a "thick-lipped Moor." Brabantio defies this but is pressured into checking on Desdemona. After finding her missing, he begins to grow angry and brings together a search party to hunt Othello.
  • "But this man here is my husband now, and I owe him as much as my mother owed you, just as she preferred you to her own father."
  • Iago arrives at Othello's place where he awaits Brabantio. Iago and Othello run into each other and Iago tells him to go inside, believing Brabantio has arrived. However, it's Cassio and the Duke's officers that have arrived. Cassio tells Othello that the Duke needs to discuss something with Othello that involves Cyprus. Before Cassio leaves, Iago mentions Othello's marriage and Brabantio appears. He and his men prepare to fight Othello and his men, but Othello calmly stomps the tension.
  • Othello heads to the Duke's dwellings and is accompanied by Brabantio who seeks to settle his disagreement with Othello in front of the Duke. There's a meeting in place about Turkish invaders and whether they're going to Rhodes or Cyprus. It's interrupted when the men arrive. Brabantio demands that they stop and appoint his grievance with Othello. The Duke hears Othello out as he explains that he and Desdemona fell in love over Othello's numerous visits to her house. The Duke allowed Desdemona to come share her side.
  • Desdemona is brought to the meeting to ensure that Othello used no charms and magic to woo her. Her obedience belongs with Othello, not her father. Brabantio reluctantly gives the couple his blessing and allows the court meeting to carry on.
  • The Duke of Venice had originally called Othello to send him to Cyprus, an island off the coast of Turkey. He's sent to fight off Turkish invaders from Rhodes, an island controlled by Venice, but there's confusion about whether or not they're actually heading there. Later, a senator guesses that they actually moving towards Cyprus, and he was right. Othello takes Desdemona, Iago, and Cassio with him.
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