Othello ACT 1 (quotes)

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  • Created on: 21-11-18 20:48
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  • ACT 1
    • scene 1
      • Iago: I follow him to serve my turn upon him...I am not what I am.
        • Iago's second soliloquy reveals he is only out for himself, the entire basis of the play - OMNISCIENT OBSERVATION
      • Brabantio: What tell'st thou me of robbing? This is Venice..
        • Sophisticated cosmopolitan city - clear distinction between Venice and Cyprus
    • scene 2
      • Iago (to Othello): Nay, but he prated,/and spoke such scurvy and provoking terms/ Against your honour.
        • Our first introduction to othello is tainted w the knowledge that Iago is dishonest - clear tragic plan begins to unfold. ANTAGONY.
      • Othello: I fetch my life and being from men of royal siege;/proud fortune...I have reached/ I love the gentle Desdemona,
        • Confidence shown in his sristocratic heritage, a way to prove his worth. Connotations of true love/ adoration, refers to D as a treasure. epithet 'gentle' shows belief in her fidelity.
      • Othello: my parts, my title, my perfect soul/ Shall manifest me rightly
        • HUBRIS. dramatic irony? in the end, his 'perfect soul' is destroyed by tragedy.
      • Brabantio: ...thou has enchanted her...thou hast practised on her with foul charms/ abuse of her delicate youth...an abuser of the world, a practiser of arts inhibited.
        • Connotations of dark magic, paints Othello as a sorcerer - historical context of hysteric witchcraft belief in King James' England.
    • scene 3
      • Senator 1: to keep us in false gaze
        • foreshadows Iago's plot. link to the setting of cyprus - distance from reality
      • Othello: And bade me, if I had a fried that loved her,/ I should but teach him how to tell my story.
        • infers that D initiated the relationship, dramatic irony as Othello's jealousy is his undoing.
      • Iago: put money in they purse
        • repetition, comedic theme of oblivity. D is refered to as a jewel - are they referring to R's love for her?


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