Othello Act 1 Scene 3

Part 1 Duke and senior members wait for Othello
Part 2 Court case-like- Brabantio’s accusation and Othello’s defence
Part 3 Desdemona and Iago enter- Desdemona asks to go with Othello and confirms his story
Part 4 Iago consoles Roderigo
she loved me for the dangers I had passed and I loved her that she did pity them medieval courtship seen as a conquest- are they in love or in love with idea of being in love?
Structure Othello pulled from private to professional life
comparison with a1s2 more formal and static
put money in thy purse Iago profits from dissuading Roderigo and Roderigo knows his case is desperate
Iago’s use of prose when talking to Roderigo disregard for Roderigo, shows ability to manipulate, ability to think fast, honesty, simplicity represents false honesty- contrast with poetry
I hav’t/ It is engendr’d. Hell and night/ Must bring this monstrous birth to the world’s light light/ dark imagery connotes race, must Othello is the light. Birth connotes new beginnings
my heart’s subdued/ Even to the very quality of my lord Desdemona is a submissive wife
‘noble’ ‘lord of duty’ Desdemona is devoted to her father
I love to Moor to live with him… let me go with him Desdemona is assertive- contrasts to idea that she’s ‘corrupted’
stolen Brabantio views Desdemona as his property
my life upon her faith! irony- Othello will later kill Desdemona for being unfaithful
‘a man he is of honesty and trust’ ‘honest Iago’ Othello misplaces trust in Iago-dramatic irony
If virtue no delighted beauty lack/ Your son-in-law is far more fair than black rhyming couplet- key idea- racism, makes Othello lose confidence
Look to her Moor, if thou hast eyes to see:/ She has deceived her father and may thee- Brabantio rhyming couplet- key idea- foreshadows later events, sight motif