Othello: Summary: Act 1 Flashcard Example #16700

Act I.i
-Iago is in control of Roderigo’s money
-Othello has chosen Cassio to be lieutenant
-revealed Iago hates Othello
-Iago calls up Brabantio; tells him Desdemona has eloped with Othello
-revealed Roderigo is in love with Desdemona
-Brabantio leaves his house in search for Desdemona
Act I.ii
-Iago tells Othello that Roderigo has been speaking badly of him
-Cassio and servants of the Duke arrive; there is an urgent military issue in Cyprus
-Roderigo and Brabantio turn up; heated argument as Brabantio suggests his daughter has been stolen by Othello
-Brabantio orders men to sieze Othello
-Othello stops physical dispute before it can happen
-Brabantio agrees to see the Duke with Othello to settle the issue
Act I.iii
-Duke of Venice meets with senators re: Turkish invasion of Cyprus
-Othello and Brabantio enter; B says they should stop talking about state business and deal with his daughter. Tells Duke it is Othello who ‘steals’ her
-Othello admits their marriage, says he used to sit in their house and tell stories
-Duke says Othello must go to Cyprus and lead the defence, firstly says Desdemona should stay with her father, all 3 object, he says she can go with Othello
-finishes on Iago and Roderigo; Roderigo wants to kill himself over his love for D, Iago says the notion is silly and that he can control the situation
-Iago, alone, delivers soliloquy- he hates Othello, suggests O has slept with Emilia, says he will take more money from R, will convince O of D having an affair with Cassio.

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