Othello:  Act I - The "trial" of Othello and Iago's intentions? This is what was directly asked of our class in order to prepare a paper. I read Act I, and the language was hard to understand. First, Discuss the "trial" of Othello in terms of fairness for both Othello (defendant & his own defense attorney) and to Barbantio (plantiff & prosecutor) Second, Discuss Iago's sililoquy at the end of Act I. What do we learn about Iago---about what he's up to and why?

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The trial is Othello and Desdemona against Brabantio (and Iago and Roderigo by proxy).  The judge is the Duke.

Both the prosecution, Brabantio, and the defense, Othello and Desdemona, use highly emotional language, or pathos, to appeal to the Duke.  This is ironic, of course, because most trials are based on facts and evidence.

Brabantio claims that Othello has used black magic to seduce his daughter.  He has been baited to anger by Roderigo (really Iago), and though he dare not say it explicitly in court, Brabantio is racist.  He sees the Moor as a voodoo-charmer, a hypersexual beast.

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