Othello Critical Analysis Of Act I, Scene Iii

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"Most potent, grave and reverend signiors…..He wrought upon her."This quote form Othello is a speech given to the senators in the court room. Othello begins by addressing them as "Most potent, grave and reverend signiors." This is a sign of respect and he wishes to explain the situation clearly. Othello admits openly that he has married Desdemona. "That I have ta'en away this old man's daughter." Instead of trying to deny or hide it, Othello says "true I have married her." By beginning his speech in this manner, he attracts everyone's attention. Brabantio would have thought Othello would put up a fight or at least protest. Othello continues with "Rude am I in my speech." He admits that his language isn't as good as the Veneti ...view middle of the document...

" The words "drugs", "charms", and "mighty magic" in Othello's days related to witches and wizardry. These types of people were treated as outsiders and rejected by society. When Othello uses these words he is trying to say that there is no trickery involved, just plain love. His last words In his speech "I won his daughter" gives a suggestion that Desdemona is somewhat like a trophy wife. The word "won" is usually used to describe objects, not people. The word "won" could also be seen that Othello has proven himself worthy to Desdemona and has 'won' her heart and love.Brabantio retorts with his description of Desdemona. "A maiden never bold" and also "blushed at herself." Brabantio is suggesting that Desdemona is a shy and quiet person. He exaggerates it with the "blushed at herself". Then he goes on to say "To fall in love with what she feared to look on." Brabantio doubts that Desdemona will seriously be in love with Othello. However later on in the play we find out that it is their differences that draw them together. Brabantio is furious and uses strong language to convince the senators. "Against all rules of nature" He is looking at this as if pigs could fly. It is against nature, which is supposedly the correct way things should be. It isn't possible that Desdemona loves Othello. "To find out practices of cunning hell" relates to witchcraft and the devil. These were things that were considered evil. He is trying to convince the senators that Othello's story can't possibly be true. Brabantio's last words "He wrought upon her", means Othello did something to Desdemona for her to make he choice. Othello's so called 'magic' was worked upon Desdemona.Bibliography: Shakespeare's play Othello

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