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Examine the presentation of Othello in act One In act one we are introduced to the main character Othello In this act Shakespeare uses an especially interesting structure to present Othello to the audience He is presented initially in a negative way by different characters which gives us a bad impression about him but later we are able to see him in a more positive light as a heroic character in order for us to see how tragic is final downfall is We first hear about Othello as we enter act one scene one We find Roderigo and Iago in the middle of an argument We quickly come to understand that they dislike the general and we hear Iagos views about him Iago complains about his system of promotion and paints an unflattering portrait of Othello We are led to believe that Othello is professionally bombastic and proud and also personally lascivious Iago uses a lot of language displaying racism and jealousy He doesnt refer to Othello by name but instead refers to him as the Moor line 40 which is a racist term used to take away the individuality of Othello We also see that Roderigo shares in Iagos views of Othello he too uses racist language in referring to Othello such as the thick lips line 64 We also learn that both of these characters have something against Othello They are jealous of him he has something that they each want Iago missed a promotion which Othello could have given him and Roderigo wants Desdemona whom Othello has already married We are given more negative images of Othello as Iago and Roderigo try to wake up Brabantio and warn him about his daughters elopement with the moor Iago calls out to Brabantio using racist and suggestive language which worries Brabantio and makes the audience even more wary of Othellos character Iago
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