Othello's change

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The change in Othello


  • Othello is first seen as a hero of war with great pride and a man who could be idolised. 
  • At the beginning of the play Othello is smitten with his new wife, Desdemona.
  • Othello is so smitten that he doesn't believe he could ever be as happy as he is at that moment "If I were now to die, 'twere now to be most happy."
  • This forshadows the end of the play where we can see that he was correct in thinking he would not be as happy as he was at this moment.
  • Othello accused of using black magic to woo Desdemona, "By spells and medicines" and "witchcraft".  
  • Brabantio believes Othello has possessed and corrupted the "tender, fair, and happy" Desdemona
  • Iago uses the term "black ram" to anger Brabantio, using the theme of racism to belittle Othello as a person.
  • Iago hopes that these digs will anger Othello, but he remains calm and collected.
  • He goes on to talk about his expeditions around the world and how Branbantio "loved [him and] oft invited [him]" , in turn wooing Brabantio and the Duke.
  •  He chooses not to contradict or deny that he has used "magic" but when the true meaning of the "magic" comes to light it is shown that he used the magic of love and not a conjured magic.
  • This shows he is dignified and able to command an army.
  • This entire scene helps to establish Othello as an alert and composed leader.
  • When Othello has to take Cassio's position from him, he tells Cassio of how it is a political move that had to be done, but he knew how good a person Cassio was.
  • This shows that Othello is a good


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