Othello Act 1, Scene 2: "A street"
Iago puts on an air of friendship in order to discover the truth behind Othello's affairs. He declares his love for Desdemona and cares not what others think of the relationship. Cassio and other Venetian attendants walk to Iago and Othello, summoning Othello to the Duke. Iago tells Cassio that Othello is married. Brabantio and Roderigo walk into the street seeking Desdemona and cursing Othello for stealing her from her home. Brabantio accuses Othello of drugging her and bringing his tender, maiden daughter away, and plans to put him in prison under the order of the Duke.
Act 1, Scene 3: "The Duke's palace"
The Duke and his senators discuss the current military problems with the Turks and the Ottomites at the Duke's palace. The Duke is revered for his military skill and sought to answer questions of war. Othello, Iago, Brabantio, and Roderigo enter the palace, warmly welcomed by the Duke. Brabantio rants about the loss of his daughter to the Moor, to which Othello responds with the story of their seven-year love affair. The senators doubt Othello's maliciousintentions. Othello claims that if Desdemona confirms his guilt, then he submits his life to their hands.
"And till she comes, as truly as to heave
I do confess the vices of my blood,
So justly to your grave ears I'll present
How I did thrive in this fair lady's love,
And she in mine." Act 1, Scene 3
Othello tells the Duke of his benevolent and adoptive relationship with Desdemona's father, Brabantio. He took him in and listened to his life's history. Desdemona cared for him and begged to help, as well. He claims that the only witchcraft used was love.
As Desdemona enters the palace, Brabantio claims that if she is a partial wooer in the relationship, then he wants personal destruction. Desdemona declares her love for Othello, and upon hearing these words, Brabantio gives her away mercilessly. Othello must leave the limits of Venice for military action against the Turks and requests lodgings for his new wife. She begs to go with him to Cyprus, for she does not desire to stay alone while he may be at war. He plans to leave in the morning, yet brings his assign, Cassio, to look over his affairs and his wife. The Duke still holds Othello in as high respect as possible: "And noble signior, / If virtue no delighted beauty lack, / Your son-in-law is far more fair than black" Act 1, Scene 3. Othello leaves with Desdemona to spend their final hour together in bliss.
Roderigo wants to drown himself in misery because of his unrequited love for Desdemona, while Iago declares his everlasting hatred for the Moor. Iago devises a plan that will help both men. He will create the illusion of Desdemona's faithlessness through the innocent Cassio. He tells Roderigo to raise money, and confesses that he finds sport in destroying lives. "I have it. It is engendered. Hell and night / Must bring this monstrous birth to the world's light" Act 1, Scene 3.