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The events that occur in the first half of Act 1 are all in anticipation of the lead character Othello who we are not immediately introduced too We learn Iagos name in the second line of the play and Roderigos soon after but Othello is not mentioned by his name once Instead he is referred to as he him and is frequently described as the moor 1158 he is also described as having thick lips 1167 and later as being a Barbary horse 11111 is continuously described by his critics mainly Iago as a moor demonstrating Iagos frequently concerning nature of race and also portraying Othello as something of an alien From this reference we are able to immediately understand Iagos true feelings and motives for Othello The audience at this point know nothing of Othello that is gained by their own opinion instead we are lead to believe from Iagos race related description that Othello is a threatening and evil moor whose beastial sexual appetite conveyed by Iagos cries to Brabantio telling him that an old black ram is tupping his white ewe 1189 is something of a rapist Iagos coarse animal related language conveys Iagos feelings against Othellos marriage in a much more pronounced way The image of an old black ram gives the audience nothing but negative images of Othello especially when this old black ram is being associated with the innocence of a white ewe Iago then associates Othello with the image of the devil 1192 because of Othellos colour Iago warns Brabantio that he has lost half his soul now that Desdemona is married to Othello Iago here emphasises the biracial nature of the marriage already showing his ability to manipulate people in this case he is manipulating Brabantio to believe in Iagos own opinions and in theory to eliminate all thoughts that Brabantio might of had of his own about the marriage Despite the negative foregrounding of Othellos character
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