My question is from Shakespeare's Othello from act I scene iii,It may direct the audiance's sympathy towards a character.

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Others may disagree, but by the end of this scene, my sympathies are with Othello. Here he is, trying to be a good general, and he is. He is a war hero and has had many exciting adventures. He is called upon to go back into the fray, and he dutifully appears before the senators when called. Then what happens? Old man Brabantio arrives, whining and complaining that Othello has betwitched his daughter and stolen her from him:

She is abused, stolen from me, and corrupted
By spells and medicines bought of false medicine men
Because, in order for nature to make such a
preposterous Mistake, being not deficient, blind, or crazy,
It couldn’t be done without witchcraft.

Othello is shocked. He tries to explain that he loves Desdemona and has married her, and not by using witchcraft. Brabantio keeps whining and complaining, though, so Othello tells the senators to call for Desdemona and ask her themselves. They do this, Desdemona arrives and announces that she owes her loyalty to her husband, whom she has married of her own free will, and whom she loves.

Then, Iago appears on the scene. He hates Othello, plans his wicked plot to make Othello think that Cassio has slept with Desdemona and manipulates Roderigo into the evil scheme because Roderigo loves Desdemona and is dismayed that she has married Othello. Othello, to me, seems totally innocent and unsuspecting, and the foreshadowing here leads us to believe that things will not end well for poor Othello.

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