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Act one is not relevant Vs Act one is of premier importance - Othello

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Introduction

Act one is not relevant Vs Act one is of premier importance Shakespeare has included Act one as an introduction into his play, a device that presents each character, his faults and his virtues. If Act one was not present the play would be about Othello and not Iago's manipulation, whom I believe the play is centred on. Iago's evil behaviour is present in Act one allowing the audience Knowledge of his character and foresight into the occurrences of the play. Without Act one however Iago's wickedness would be somewhat veiled; the audience would not know of his hatred for the Moor nor would they know his reasons for such actions. This would obviously add more fear and darkness into the play as no fears manners one cannot comprehend. ...read more.

Middle

Again Shakespeare shows Iago's need to put himself above others. Othello's character is of premier importance to this play as is the characters history. Each of Shakespeare's characters have a past, whether it bring about their downfall or elate them to success. Othello's does both. Othello's story is told to the noblemen of Venice with much poesy, separating him from an ordinary General. The Audience observes he is very learn�d in the ways of the battlefield, that he is a mature and sensible man and that he truly love Desdemona. Another important factor Act one teaches us about Othello is that his love of Desdemona is still in its infancy. This is a significant fact because it is a part explanation for his behaviour thereafter. Desdemona's character as all other important individuals in the play is introduced in Act one but as all Shakespearian woman she is not what the audience expects. ...read more.

Conclusion

If Act one what not present Othello would have been less admired by the audience. He seems to be a man who can do no wrong in the first act. Thought Act one introduces Othello it does nothing to introduce his fatal flaw, the thing that would bring about his downfall; his jealousy. This is seen only after Iago plants seeds of doubt into his head. Though some critics such as Blake do not believe Othello is a jealous man, preferring to say, "it is the wreck of his faith and love" why he acts the way he does, this jealousy or "the feeling" as Blake puts it is essential to the play and not mentioned once on Act one. Thus based on the technicality of it Act one is unnecessary but for the beauty of the play, for the art of it, it is very necessary, as necessary as Shakespeare intended. 1 Hr ...read more.

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