Act 1 Scene 2

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  • Act 1, Scene 2 - Brabantio accuses Othello of stealing his daughter...
    • Summary - Iago warns Othello that his secret marriage to Desdemona has been discovered.
      • Othello is summoned to see the Duke to discuss the situation in Cyprus. Brab enters and accuses Othello. He decides to bring the case before the Duke.
        • Shows Iago's hypocritical nature and that he can adapt to any situation. Reverses his alliances: Othello - 'sir' and threatens to attack Roderigo - 'come, sir, I am for you.' Criticises Brab for 'provoking terms' & says Othello should have 'yerked' (stabbed) Brab.
          • Dramatic irony  as it is clear Iago causes conflict and can't be trusted.'
            • Summary - Iago warns Othello that his secret marriage to Desdemona has been discovered.
              • Othello is summoned to see the Duke to discuss the situation in Cyprus. Brab enters and accuses Othello. He decides to bring the case before the Duke.
                • Shows Iago's hypocritical nature and that he can adapt to any situation. Reverses his alliances: Othello - 'sir' and threatens to attack Roderigo - 'come, sir, I am for you.' Criticises Brab for 'provoking terms' & says Othello should have 'yerked' (stabbed) Brab.
                  • Dramatic irony  as it is clear Iago causes conflict and can't be trusted.'
      • Othello is very different to how he's described...
        • Proud and selfish - 'loving his own pride and purposes'. Savage and uncivilised - 'old black ram' Immoral 'a foul thief' and 'foul charms'
          • He actually is... Aware and proud of war service. Defends himself and has a 'perfect soul'. In love with Des 'I love the gentle Desdemona'. Controlled - avoids violence 'keep up your bright swords, for the dew will rust them'. Contradicts racist slurs. Open about his actions 'willing to 'answer this your charge'.
            • Othello is very different to how he's described...
              • Proud and selfish - 'loving his own pride and purposes'. Savage and uncivilised - 'old black ram' Immoral 'a foul thief' and 'foul charms'
                • He actually is... Aware and proud of war service. Defends himself and has a 'perfect soul'. In love with Des 'I love the gentle Desdemona'. Controlled - avoids violence 'keep up your bright swords, for the dew will rust them'. Contradicts racist slurs. Open about his actions 'willing to 'answer this your charge'.
        • Brabantio  presents Othello and Desdemona's love as unnatural
          • Marriage between a black man and a white woman.
            • Main objection is race: 'sooty bosom'
              • Dehumanises him - 'thing'.
                • Thinks Othello used witchcraft - 'chains of magic'. Doesn't believe Brab married him through choice.
                  • Brabantio  presents Othello and Desdemona's love as unnatural
                    • Marriage between a black man and a white woman.
                      • Main objection is race: 'sooty bosom'
                        • Dehumanises him - 'thing'.
                          • Thinks Othello used witchcraft - 'chains of magic'. Doesn't believe Brab married him through choice.

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