- Iago and Roderigo tell Desdemona's father, Brabantio, that she has married Othello, a Moor. This scandalizes Brabantio, who believes Desdemona must have been bewitched to have consented to become the wife of a Moor—and without her father's consent to boot.
- Othello is brought before the Duke of Venice, where he says Desdemona agreed to marry him of her own free will. Desdemona arrives at court to confirm this. Brabantio warns Othello that because Desdemona was capable of deceiving her father, she might do the same to her husband.
- By the Duke's command, Othello, Desdemona, Iago, Cassio, and Emilia go to Cyprus. When they arrive, Othello realizes the Turkish fleet has been sunk by a storm, so he holds a party. Iago, eager to ruin the festivities, gets Cassio intoxicated and then manipulates him into fighting Roderigo. Othello demotes Cassio for his behavior.
- Iago, who hates Othello passionately, wants to ruin Othello's marriage by making him believe Desdemona has been unfaithful. His making...
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