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What Do We Learn About The Relationships Between Othello And Iago, Desdemona And Othello And Roderigo And Iago? To What Extent Is The Theme Of Jealousy Shown In Act 1?

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What Do We Learn About The Relationships Between Othello And Iago, Desdemona And Othello And Roderigo And Iago? To What Extent Is The Theme Of Jealousy Shown In Act 1? Roderigo is a Venetian gentleman who feels that he is in love with Desdemona, the daughter of a Venetian senator named Brabantio. However Desdemona did not return his love nor did Brabantio feel that Roderigo was a suitable husband for his daughter. Roderigo has being paying a friend of his called Iago to find out information about his love Desdemona. In secret Desdemona has married Othello, a trusted general. In act one scene one Roderigo is unhappy with Iago because he failed to inform him about the marriage. Yet Iago assures Roderigo that he did not know of the marriage and hates Othello bitterly. Iago explains that he hates Othello because Cassio was appointed lieutenant when Iago feels that he was more worthy of the position. Iago presents Othello to Roderigo as arrogant and stubborn 'Iago: But he, (Othello) as loving his own pride and purposes,' I think Iago exposes Othello in this way to manipulate Roderigo into thinking that the man who has married Desdemona is a truly horrible individual, this way Roderigo will begin to hate Othello just as strongly as he loves Desdemona. ...read more.


Iago is very disrespectful about Othello, referring to him as a beastly animal and portraying his relationship with Desdemona as violent and evil. This is bound to agitate Brabantio and therefore cause tension between the himself, Desdemona and Othello. Roderigo tries to explain things in a respectful way to Brabantio, however he too depicts a venomous image of Othello 'Roderigo: To the gross clasps of a lascivious Moor' Roderigo talks with a rhythm and uses sibilance which emphasise the image that he is trying to portray, the rhythm also reflects his truthfulness as he is telling the truth as he believes it. But his words echo Iagos feelings and therefore is doing the work Iago wants him to do without realising it. Iagos relationship with Roderigo is seemingly to Roderigo that they are great friends and Iago is doing all he can to help him. However it appears evident that Iago is using Roderigos weak and easily led character for his own gain. Iago leaves to inform Othello that Roderigo has been treacherous towards him because of his jealousy concerning Desdemona. This way Iago ensures that he seems truthful to Othello and gains his trust. ...read more.


'Othello: If you do find me foul in her report The trust, the office I do hold of you Not only take away, but let your sentence Even fall upon my life.' This proves his trust that she will stand by him and returns his love. The relationship as described by Othello, first started when Brabantio used to invite Othello to his house to tell stories of his experiences in battle 'Still questioned me the story of my life' The excitement would probably serve as entertainment, which would reveal Brabantio as two faced as he liked Othello to use as amusement but Othello was not good enough to associate with Desdemona. The stories that Othello told would make Desdemona 'come again, and with a greedy ear Devour up my discourse;' Desdemona had sympathy for Othello and his hard life while other people found his stories exciting. And that is how they came to love each other. 'She loved me for the dangers I had passed And I loved her that she did pity them.' Desdemona stood by Othello 'I am hitherto your daughter. But here's my husband.' Desdemona comes across as strong, loyal and respectful of her father and Othello. Her love of Othello seems genuine and deep. She also appears brave to stand up to her father. ...read more.

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