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The first act of Shakespeares Othello presents the audience with characters who are primarily concerned with their own well-being reputations and advancements Iago particularly stands out as untrue He slanders Othello and reveals plans to pain others Desdemona rebels against her father when she elopes with Othello displaying a nature of disrespect Through these actions it is determined that Shakespeares Othello Act I places little emphasis on loyalty Iago speaks illy of Othello Immediately after the play begins Roderigo says to Iago Thou toldst me thou didst hold him Othello in thy hate II7 He holds the position of standard-bearer yet speaks of his general in a malicious manner to others Iago casually refers to Othello as an old black ram II97 a Barbary horse II125 and a lascivious Moor II141 These hate-filled comments show Iago has no esteem for him and disgraces the Venetian army by this lack of respect for Othello Desdemona betrays her father Brabantio by marrying Othello This marriage of a white Lady daughter of a senator to a black man tarnishes the family reputation O treason of the blood II191 Shakespeare gives Brabantios cry two meanings first the betrayal to him second the rebellion of the passionssidebar p18 He is clearly upset but Desdemona reacts calmly to her fathers outrage She is not apologetic nor offers comfort to her hurting father Desdemona simply says And so much duty as my mother showed To you preferring you before her father So much I challenge that I may profess Due to the Moor my lord IIII215-218 She is quite nonchalant about the situation confirming her poor behaviour as a daughter As well as his nasty remarks Iago also does whatever it takes to get what he wants It is of no matter who may get hurt I follow him to serve my turn upon
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