Othello Act 1 Commentary
‘Othello’ Act 1 Commentary In the very first act of Othello, the villain of the play, Iago, is introduced rather than Othello himself. Iago and Roderigo are known to the audience in the start while Othello’s name is never ever mentioned in the first scene but is described as ‘he’ ‘him’ ‘moor’ etc. which creates anticipation in the audience. But as the play develops Iago points out Othello a lot by offering him various other names. These named used by Iago provides us an impression that Othello is a bad character in the play.
The style of racism in the play starts with the start of act 1 as Iago uses a lot of images to signify the marriage of Othello to Desdemona. Iago yells to Brabantio “an old black ram is tupping your white ewe,” which provides us an impression that Othello is an evil rapist. The audience who understand absolutely nothing about Othello till now are deceived by the animal images used by Iago. Moreover, Iago uses juxtaposition of ‘black’ and ‘white’ with the fierce animal imagery makes this idea even more repellent.
In addition, Iago states “you’ll have your child covered with a Barbary horse” to resolve the very same concept of Othello being animal-like and his practically bestial desire and illicit enthusiasm. This extreme language utilized by Iago plainly shows the hatred of Iago towards his master and his marital relationship. The words and language Iago uses to explain Othello helps audience to picture how Iago views his master in his mind. Iago believes that Othello is the ‘devil’ and he uses this term to address Othello throughout the play.
The audience get unfavorable impression of Othello in the first scene. When Othello finally appears audience come to know that Othello is nothing like Iago had actually depicted him to be. Rather, he is an honest and honourable man with self-control and nobility. When Iago cautions Othello that Brabantio is pertaining to his to take Desdemona away, Othello refuses to conceal saying that “I need to be discovered. My parts, my title, and my ideal soul will manifest me ideal”.
Othello is confident in what he has done and believes that he has not devoted any sort of criminal offense to flee like a coward. The method Othello utilizes language and selects his words shows that he is remarkably happy with his accomplishments and his prestige. His language likewise permits him to make himself into a sort of hero. Also, it is obvious that he has authority and power. When he states “Keep up your intense swords, for the dew will rust them” he silences all the angry guys with his well-chosen words. By seeing this excellent mindset of Othello the uke becomes impressed. Othello is appreciated by the duke not only due to the fact that of his usefulness to the state but likewise by his general dignity, self-respect and excellent character. After hearing Othello’s story, duke states “I think this tale would win my daughter too” and tries to convince Brabantio to let his child be with Othello. Othello is shown in this way by Shakespeare to reveal that he is the one responsible for his own tragedy. Likewise, he is shown as the heroic character so that the audience will understand how tragic the last failure of Othello is.