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How does Shakespeare show conflict and tension-the-in-the first act?

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How does Shakespeare show conflict and tension-the-in-the first act? Focus on language, characterisation and dramatic technique. It is suggested that something maybe devious and illegitimate is going on even before anyone speaks with the effect of the setting "Venice at night. A Street," this sets up an unclear atmosphere and draws us to the play. The play also opens in the middle of a conversation so that we do not know what to expect next or what they. Roderigo opens the play with a serious accusation against Iago "who hast had my purse," this tells us that Iago may be a villain and Roderigo also accuses Iago of planning it. Iago denies this accusation and Roderigo says "hold him in they hate," we assume this means that Iago hates someone which also leads us to believe he may be a devious villain. We see that Iago can manipulate conversations to his own advantage as he is pushed into an awkward situation by Roderigo and he uses conversation to divert his attention. Iago mentions the position of lieutenant "make me his lieutenant," so we see greed coming in as we find out that he has not obtained this promotion. He seems to be quite arrogant "I am worth no worse a place." ...read more.


Iago uses alliteration to brabantio almost to make it more effective, "nephews neigh/coursers for cousins and jennets for germans." Iago tells Brabantio again in a more blatent way of what is going on "your daughter and the Moor...beast with two backs," this simple means that they are engaged in sexual intercourse. Brabantion mentions treason "O treason of the blood," this strongly shows how Brabantio feels about Othello and also Desdemona who has deceived him. At the start of scence 2 we are again dropped into the middle of a conversation involving Iago and Othello. Iago talks very formally to Othello, which again shows how Iago can adapt around different characters. Iago seems very loyal to Othello as he wishes to kill Roderigo "and spoke such scurvy...against tour honour," but as we know this could easily be another act. We do not see Iago take over the speech as Othello himself has a lot to say and does not fear what has happened, that he is wanted by Desdemona's father. "'Tis better as it is," this shows strength, courage and no regret within Othello. Othello can be seen as arrogant as Iago "my services...out-tongue his complaints." Othello wants to be found "I must be found," he is almost depicted as Jesus and Iago as Judas, this shows the difference between characters, however we also see they are both strong characters in their different ways. ...read more.


Brabantio still argues that it is not right that they are married and Roderigo agrees, however it seems that neither Othello or Desdemona will give in. Desdemona refers to Othello as the Moor aswell as Brabantio, however this doesn't seem to bother Othello. Brabantio leaves the argument and tells Othello to hear the Duke's news of war. There is tension between Othello and Brabantio obviously because they disagree on the marriage but also with Desdeomona and Brabantio as Desdemona does not want to stay at her fathers and Brabantio does not want Othello to stay, so they have driven each other away. There is tension and conflict between the Duke and Brabantio, it seems that the Duke is on Othello's side as the senate do need him to fight for them, but he also compliments Othello "far more fair than black" this shows us that the Duke believes Othello is more civilized and has no barbaric blood in him. Overall we see tension and conflict between many of the characters, we could also see conflict within people as their emotions fight each other. These conflicts develop throughout the play and causes more tension between characters and definitely within the characters own feeling. ?? ?? ?? ?? David Warrilow ...read more.

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