Othello And Desdemona Act 1 Analysis

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Examine the view that: from the first 3 scenes does the audience believes that Othello and Desdemona’s love will prevail

In act 1 scene 1 we are introduced to Othello and Desdemona by two other people by the names of Iago and Roderigo. Iago is a captain in the Venetian defence forces. He had hoped for a promotion, but Othello chose to pick Cassio in instead. Roderigo is a Venetian nobleman in love with Desdemona. In act 1 scene 1, Iago and Roderigo go to Desdemona’s house and were shouting vile and explicit phrases to Brabantio, who is Desdemona’s father. They said thing like "I am one, sir, that comes to tell you your daughter and the Moor are now making the beast with two backs" and “you'll have your daughter covered with a Barbary horse,
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This is when Iago is asking whether Othello's had sex with Desdemona yet, as marriages that had yet to be consummated (or sealed by having sex) could still be null and void. “Are you fast married? Be assured of this”. This is suggesting they may just be “friends with benefits” and not actual lovers, as someone like Iago who is like a friend to Othello is asking such personal questions. According to John Russell Brown in 'Shakespeare: The tragedies' (2001) reminds us of the Christian context of the 17thC: "An audience that believed in Devils might see Iago as someone working in close allegiance to an evil power.” As in the previous scene with Roderigo he was saying mean and racist terms like “moor” and “old black ram”. But in this scene, he is like Othello’s best friend asking him all types of personal secrets about Othello and Desdemona’s private …show more content…
Also, Othello explains that Desdemona fell in love with him while listening to his life stories romantic tales of travel, adventure, and danger. Othello also recalls that Desdemona said, "she wish'd that heaven had made her such a man.” This suggest Desdemona wishes heaven "had made such a man" for her to marry, especially given the fact that she advocates that Othello's stories could "woo" her. The audience also see that the love between Othello and Desdemona may not prevail as without hesitation, Othello puts aside his new bride to dash off to the war, which could suggest that he values his position in the military above his

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