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Othello | Study Guide

William Shakespeare

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Act 1, Scene 2

Professor Bradley Greenburg of Northeastern Illinois University provides an in-depth summary and analysis of Act 1, Scene 2 of William Shakespeare's play Othello.

Othello | Act 1, Scene 2 | Summary



Iago demonstrates his loyalty by warning Othello that an angry Brabantio is searching for him. However, Cassio arrives with a message from the Duke: Othello is urgently needed due to Turkish aggression in the Mediterranean. When Brabantio arrives to confront Othello, accusing him of bewitching his daughter and stealing her away, Othello stands up to him confidently. Brabantio then follows Othello and the others to the Duke's court, certain his status as a prominent Venetian citizen will uphold his authority.


In this scene, Iago cements his role as master manipulator. Having just come from Brabantio's, where he insulted Othello and sounded the alarm on his elopement, he now plays the role of loyal follower. Othello, whose confidence in Act 1 is unshakeable, does not shrink from a confrontation with Brabantio: "I must be found," he says, certain his military service and love for Desdemona will see him through. Cassio's arrival with a summons from the Duke offers an opportunity to determine whose authority is stronger: the Moor or Brabantio, Venetian citizen.

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