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What techniques does Shakespeare use, in order to involve the audience in the plot of the play and give insight into Iago's character, during act 1 scene 1 of 'Othello'? In the first act of Othello Shakespeare uses a lot of dramatic techniques. He does this to make the audience feel involved in the plot. It is a long act but it gives the audience an insight to Iago's character and it serves to create tension, this has an affect on the rest of the play. Shakespeare kicks off the play in the first scene with an argument between Iago and Roderigo, he uses this technique to get the audience's attention and make them feel involved straight away. The first scene is set at night to create atmosphere, tension and to generate the idea that things are hidden in the darkness. In Elizabethan theatre there was no electricity lighting and no stage curtain so it was essential that the playwright made the opening dramatic to signal the start of the performance and to silence the audience. ...read more.


Iago can also be deceiving 'I am not what I am' this tells us Iago can be secretive and is always hiding things. This personality of Iago relates to the rest of the play as he is going to pretend to like Othello. In the second section of scene 1, Iago wakes Brabantio up in the night as revenge on Othello. He is says that Othello has stolen his daughter 'Awake! What ho, Brabantio! Thieves, thieves, thieves! Look to your house, your daughter, and your bags!' He is shouting to make it seem like and emergency. Iago wants Brabantio to catch Othello so this shows us that Iago is scheming. Brabantio hears Iago shouting 'your heart is burst: you have lost half your soul' this shows that Iago is now being crude and he emphasises things, he talks about sexual imagery and makes things sound shoddier as than they are 'Even now, now, very now, an old black ram is tupping your white ewe' this shows that Iago is very skilful in the way he makes things sound, by calling Othello the 'Black ram' and he refers to Desdemona ad 'white ewe'. ...read more.


After he has told Brabantio about Othello, Iago leaves 'Farewell, for I must leave you: It seems not meet, nor wholesome to my place' this shows Iago is scheming because he slides away from any risk of discovery. He leaves the stage to go and warn Othello that Brabantio his looking for him, to make him seem loyal to Othello. At the end of the scene there is Brabantio with his servants and Roderigo. These are on the stage because they are still looking for Othello and Desdemona. We now expect to see Othello because Roderigo seems to have revealed where he is 'I think I can discover him, if you please to get good guard and go along with me' this shows Roderigo knows where Othello is, so he asks to get more guards as they are close. After the end of this scene there would be a pause to set up the next scene in Othello's lodgings. This pause would leave the audience on a cliff hanger and create more tension as they wait for Brabantio and Othello's meeting. Jessica Wheelhouse ...read more.

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