William Shakespeare 's Othello And Othello Essay

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Act I Questions and Answers 1. How does the way Shakespeare begins the play immediately involve the audience?

Shakespeare begins Othello with a technique known as in medias res., which means that he begins in the middle of the action, forcing the audience to pay attention and try to figure out what is going on. The play begins with a somewhat heated discussion between Iago and Roderigo, for which the audience does not exactly know what the discussion is about, but does know that there is obvious tension between the two men as Roderigo is angry with Iago that he did not reveal some information. Not only does this cause mild confusion, but curiosity in the play as well. The audience is immediately engaged because the audience is eavesdropping on what might escalate to something bigger, and we are curious as to the source of their disagreement.

2. What imagery does Iago use to describe Othello and Desdemona’s elopement, and what conflict does that imagery develop?

Iago very cleverly uses much emotional imagery to evoke an emotional response from Desdemona 's father Brabantio regarding her elopement: “Awake! what, ho, Brabantio! thieves! thieves! thieves! Look to your house, your daughter and your bags! Thieves! thieves!.” Iago creates conflict for Othello when he awakens Brabantio with the news that Othello has eloped with Desdemona. As Brabantio 's unmarried daughter, Desdemona considered her father 's property, but since she married Othello without her father…

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