The Character of Othello throughout Act 1

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  • The Character of Othello throughout Act 1
    • Scene 3
      • Soldier
        • 'we must straight employ you'- Venice needs him, important, he has power as a soldier
        • 'the valiant Moor' 'Valiant Othello'- brave, good soldier, well-known and respected
        • 'since these arms of mine had seven years' pith...they have us'd their dearest action in the tented field' - soldier since he was 7, lack of childhood
      • Othello's first speech
        • 'Most potent, grave, and reverend signiors' polite address, respectful
        • Life and history
          • 'since these arms of mine had seven years' pith...they have us'd their dearest action in the tented field' - soldier since he was 7, lack of childhood
          • 'dangers I had pass'd' 'my youth suffer'd' 'distressful stroke'- life in battle, endured a lot
          • 'taken by the insolent foe and sold to slavery'- black protagonist, harsh life, influences of racism
        • The Duke says 'I think this tale would win my daughter too'- believes Othello, in favour of his story
      • Impressions from Desdemona
        • 'his honours and his valiant parts'- positive personal traits
        • 'i may profess due to the Moor my lord'- loyal to the Moor, choses Othello over her father
    • Scene 2
      • Impressions from Brabantio
        • 'foul thief' 'stole my daughter' -taken Desdemona against her will, doesn't believe she could love him
        • 'sooty' 'thing'- racist comments, segregation of Othello as a foreigner who is not worthy of his daughter, seen as less than Brabantio and Desdemona
        • 'Abus'd her' 'abuser'
        • 'Practicer of arts inhibited' 'foul charms' -witchcraft and trickery, hasn't won her fairly
      • Othello's first appearance
        • 'Keep up your bright swords' doesn't want to fight,, contrast with first violent impressions of Othello
        • 'I love the gentle Desdemona'- hasn't stolen her, genuine feelings
        • 'perfect soul'- has a clear conscience and doesn't hide from Brabantio
    • First impressions- From Roderigo and Iago (Scene 1)
      • Negative personal qualities
        • 'the devil'- evil, deceiving, harmful, connotations of hell
        • 'thieves'- he has taken Desdemona against her will, violent
        • 'Barbary horse'- uncivilised, animalistic, lack of manners
      • Outsider, foreigner that doesn't fit in
        • 'The Moor'- used in place of his name to take away identity
        • 'stranger'- doesn't fit in, people are wary of him, lack of trust
        • 'Moorship' reference to race instead of 'Lordship', lack of respect due to race
  • Impressions from Brabantio
    • 'foul thief' 'stole my daughter' -taken Desdemona against her will, doesn't believe she could love him
    • 'sooty' 'thing'- racist comments, segregation of Othello as a foreigner who is not worthy of his daughter, seen as less than Brabantio and Desdemona
    • 'Abus'd her' 'abuser'
    • 'Practicer of arts inhibited' 'foul charms' -witchcraft and trickery, hasn't won her fairly

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