• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Consider Act 1 Scene 1 of "Othello". How effective is this scene as an opening to Shakespeare's play?

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Consider Act 1 Scene 1 of "Othello". How effective is this scene as an opening to Shakespeare's play? Othello begins on a street in Venice; Act 1 scene 1 of Othello is a good opening to the rest of the play as it starts in the middle of an argument. This argument is between Iago, an evil, manipulative and jealous man, and Roderigo a rich man who is susceptible to everything Iago tells him. I think this is a good opening because it begins by telling the main point of the story straight away - from the first few opening statements it is clear that Iago knows something that he is going to use against a man whom he hates, Othello, it is a simple conversation between two men, but they are plotting something, this could instantly grab the audiences attention as they would be intrigued to find out what it is about. Just from the opening scene the audience finds out that Roderigo has been paying Iago to help him win the love of Desdemona; the one he loves, but he has seen no progress, and he has just found out that Desdemona has married Othello, the general whom Iago serves and hates. ...read more.

Middle

The opening scene also shows the deviousness of Iago, just by giving advice he automatically tells Roderigo to lie and manipulate Desdemona's father, Brabantio. "Call up her father, Rouse him, make after him, poison his delight" All of Iago's advice of telling Brabantio involves influencing his side of the story to make it unfair - he is telling Roderigo to explain to Brabantio that Othello is bad news, and to advertise the fact that Othello is black, where as Roderigo is white - making him a better choice for his poor daughter. In order to do this, the two men come to the street outside the house of Desdemona's father, Brabantio, and cry out that he has been robbed by "thieves." Brabantio, a Venetian senator, comes to the window. At first, he doesn't believe what he hears, because he has told Roderigo to stay away from his daughter before and thinks Roderigo is merely scheming once again in order to see Desdemona, which ironically he is. ...read more.

Conclusion

by messing around with peoples feelings and emotions - managing to get them to do reckless things (also happens a lot later on) yet he always manages to leave the scene before he gets involved in the situation. I think that this is also another good way of beginning the play as it shows signs of what is soon to come next. Overall I think that this is a very effective way to open a Shakespeare play as it is very dramatic instantly and gives enough of the story to know vaguely what the story will be about but it also leaves a lot out to make it very interesting - I think it would make the audience want to carry on watching to see what will happen is it is not entirely predictable of what may happen just from the opening scene - although it is very informative. It is almost like a cliffhanger as it keeps the audience in suspense about the main character, as they do not get to meet him to begin with, this is a dramatic way to begin the play. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Othello section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Othello essays

  1. Why does Shakespeare delay Othello's entrance in Act 1 of the play? In your ...

    The audience now though, is very different from the Elizabethan audience. This is probably because the language of those times is very different from today, making it harder for us to understand the speech. The first scene gets the audiences of both dates 'hooked' anyway, making it a successful start to the play.

  2. Othello for 16th and 21st century audiences

    It is so frustrating for us to see Othello acting in this way. In Act 4, Scene 2, Othello speaks to Desdemona about his doubts about her honesty. Desdemona is shocked about his outburst and replies with 'To whom, my Lord?

  1. How does Shakespeare make Act 5 Scene 2 Dramatic?

    When Iago tells Othello of Desdemona's infidelity he becomes very angry towards both Casio and Desdemona and this leads him to wanting the death of Casio and Desdemona, his wife. Shakespeare then links this part of the genre of Aristotelian and Neo Classical Tragedy to a part of the genre

  2. Discuss the dramatic impact of Act 1 Scene 3 and its importance to the ...

    He also says that if he is lying they should kill him. This shows he has too much dependence, one of his weaknesses as Iago conjures him later on in the play. The tension is then raised when Iago is sent to get Desdemona.

  1. How does Act 1 Scene1 of "Othello" prepare the audience for the rest of ...

    He says "I am not what I am". He says this like he enjoys being deceptive and evil towards other people. This portrays him as the villain of the play and the audience obviously expects him to cause conflict in the rest of the play.

  2. Othello How does Shakespeare use character, action and suspense to create tension and suspense ...

    Rodrigo and Cassio fight. Iago sows suspicions in Othello's mind until he is convinced that Desdemona is false to him. Emilia gives Othello's handkerchief to her husband. This is very important in making Iago's manipulative scheme work. Iago uses the handkerchief as proof for Othello that his wife is cheating on him by giving the handkerchief to Cassio.

  1. 'Othello' is a play whereby the audience feels a mixture of emotions as each ...

    Here he kisses her gently. This represents the eternal love he will always have for his wife and he is bound to kill her for honour's sake. However, he is determination has not faltered as he wants to rid of this beautiful creature, that he was privileged to have for his wife until now, before she can do more wrong.

  2. Othello: Explain the important and effectiveness of 'Act three, Scene three'.

    This caused for Othello to be taken to court and accused of using witchcraft on Desdemona. During this event Othello stays cool and calm while Iago was hoping for him to get angry and in more trouble. At the end of the act, Othello is sent to defend Cyprus from the Turkish attack.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work