The play opens late at night on a street in Venice.
wealthy Venetian gentleman, is discussing the marriage of .
Desdemona, the daughter of Brabantio. Earlier in the evening, .
she had eloped with Othello, a Moor who is a respected General .
in the Venetian army. Roderigo is angry with Iago, for he has .
paid him a handsome sum to win the love of Desdemona for .
himself and to keep him informed of her love life. .
Iago, like Roderigo, is a frustrated man. Othello has overlooked .
him for a promotion, giving the post of lieutenant to Cassio. Iago .
continues only as Othello's standard bearer and an ensign in the .
navy. As a result, he has a grudge against both Othello and .
Cassio and vows to have revenge upon both of them. .
At Iago's suggestion, he and Roderigo go to wake up Brabantio .
and tell him about the elopement of his daughter. Iago is very .
bawdy in his descriptions. The old Venetian Senator is very .
angry that his sleep has been disturbed with such news, but he .
searches his house and finds that his daughter is missing. .
Coming downstairs, Brabantio is a mess, not thinking clearly and .
speaking in half-sentences. He bemoans the fact that he did not .
encourage Roderigo as his daughter's suitor. He also demands to .
know where he can find Othello. .
Iago quietly slips away from the scene. He does not want Othello .
to know anything about the part he played in inciting Brabantio; .
to make his plans work, Iago must stay in the good graces of .
Othello and appear to be a loyal ensign. Before leaving, he tells .
Roderigo that Othello and Desdemona are staying at the .
Sagittary Inn. Roderigo offers to take Brabantio there. .
Act I, Scene 2 .
In this second scene, Iago reveals his scheming and treachery, as .
he applies it to the unsuspecting Othello. He reaches the .
Sagittary Inn before Roderigo and Brabantio. Pretending to be .
Othello's loyal friend and follower, Iago tells him that Roderigo .
has spoken in an insulting manner about him.