Act One Scene One of William Shakespeare's Othello
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
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. This reference will prepare us for the rest of the
play, where Iago will continue to deceive people. He swears by the god
"Janus" who is a two faced god that looks back into the winter and
forward to the summer. The fact that Iago believes in a two f aced god
makes us believe that this has influenced him to become two faced.
In Act One, we experience how much Iago despises Othello.Iago makes
Brabantio hate Othello when he reveals that his daughter has deceived
him and married the much older Othello. Whereas in Act One Scene Two,
Iago changes his personality and tells Othello "But he prated and
spoke such scurvy and provoking terms against your honour" As if he is
a good man to him. Further more in Act One Scene Three he admits in
his soliloquy " I hate the moor" In actual fact, Iago hates Othello
and makes him commit suicide at the end of the play.
Iago is a very paranoid man and this is evident in Act One Scene One
when he doesn't get the promotion of being lieutenant. This might have
been due to the fact that he comes from a poor background. Iagos
paranoia continues later in the play when he believes that Both Cassio
have Slept with his wife although he doesn't even have proof of that.
Manipulation occurs frequently during the play and this is evident in
Act One Scene One. Roderigo perceives that Iago is manipulating him
for his money and these feeling are expressed when Roderigo complains