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Orthello - How do the events in Act One Scene one prepare us for the rest of the play

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How do the events in Act One Scene one prepare us for the rest of the play The opening scene of Act One Scene One starts off with a dispute between Iago and Roderigo at night in Venice Italy. The darkness and conflicts in the first scene illustrates an ominous atmosphere for the rest of the play. Much of the play will occur in the dark. These will bee associated with Iagos sinful character. Shakespeare uses a dramatic device to engage the attention of his rowdy Elizabethan audience. The play begins with an argument. Shakespeare uses this device a lot in his plays to attract the audience attention. In Act One Scene One, Roderigo and Iago are arguing because Iago has icheated Roderigo. During the course of the play we will see them row many times. Desdemona's father Brabantio, Will be startled from his sleep to be told that his only daughter has deceived him and married Othello. Furiously Brabantio will grab his sword and prepare to fight with Othello. Brabantio's hatred toward Othello will intensify in the rest of the play. Iago has many facets to his character and this is exposed in the first scene of the play. He is perceived as two faced in Act One Scene one when he says ", I am not what I am" This statement shows that he has a dual personality. ...read more.


Theives! Thieves!" The repetition and volume of his voice manipulates Brabantio to feel deranged and apprehensive. Brabantio is manipulated when Iago fabricates that his daughter defrauded him and ran off with Othello. Brabantio quickly mistrusts his daughter because of Iagos manipulation of him. Mistrust in Desdemona later develops soon after in the play, not just by her father, but also by her husband excessively because of Iagos manipulation of Othello. Deception plays a large part in the play. Many people are deceived and this is revealed in the first scene of the play. Iago shows how he will deceive everyone in his first soliloquy. In the conclusion of the play, the truth is discovered when all characters are shown to be deceived by Iago. Desdemona deceived her father Brabantio when she ran off Othello. Nevertheless Iago exaggerates the truth when him and roderigo Inform Brabantio of Desdemona's deception by littering vulgar thoughts into his head. However they are deceiving him with lies, and this is dramatic irony because the audience know that Iago and Roderigo are lying when they say that Desdemona Slept with Othello but Brabantio Does not have a clue. Brabantio loses all trust in his daughter Desdemona and this is evident in the rhyming couplet " look to her Moor see, she has deceived her father and may thee." ...read more.


Iago Damages a fathers love for his daughter and this is never repaired. Poison imagery again intensifies when Iago plots " I'll pour this pestilence into his ear" The metaphoric description "pestilence" suggests an image of poison and death. The alliteration in this quote makes Iago sound sinister. Sexual imagery is a destructive force in the play. It emerges in Act One Scene One and is used to damage Brabantio's peace of mind. Roderigo and Iago litter Brabantio's mind with vulgar lies about his daughter. When Iago roumers " Is tupping your white ewe" Brabantio's heart is shattered and loses all trust in his daughter. In Elizabethan times, Fathers wouldn't accept their daughters losing their virginity before marriage. Not only does Brabantio feel deceived, But Iago manages to clutter lies of sexual imagery into Othello's mind to the extent that he murders his wife. " Or to be naked with a friend a bed" is a graphic quote that Iago uses to annoy Othello, making him imagine things the way Brabantio did. The opening Scene of the play was making evil emerge until the end of the play. An unexpected amount of characters lost their lives due to the amount of immorality in the play, which is triggered by Iago. Many strong bonds between families and friends were wrecked by one character. I think that women were treated unfairly with no respect. I found this shocking and disgusted by Iago from The opening scene. ...read more.

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