top-rated free essay

Iago and Othello

By travisj16 Apr 09, 2014 960 Words


Othello Mapping

Act 1 scene 1: argument between Roderigo and Iago Brabanzio men follow Roderigo to Othello. RODERIGO: “Tush! never tell me; I take it much unkindly
That thou, Iago, who hast had my purse
As if the strings were thine, shouldst know of this.” (1-5)

Act 1 scene 2: Iago arrives at Othello’s lodgings Brabanzio brings his case to duke OTHELLO: “I must be found:
My parts, my title and my perfect soul
Shall manifest me rightly. Is it they?” (31-33)

Act 1 scene 3: duke persuaded Othello’s tale Othello thinks Cassio slept with Desdemona BRABANTIO: “So did I yours. Good your grace, pardon me;
Neither my place nor aught I heard of business
Hath raised me from my bed, nor doth the general care.” (54-56)

Act 2 scene 1: Roderigo’s accusation of Cassio lies will make Othello go mad CASSIO: “His bark is stoutly timber'd, and his pilot
Of very expert and approved allowance;
Therefore my hopes, not surfeited to death,
Stand in bold cure.” (49-52)

Act 2 scene 2: Othello celebrates safety from Turks and his marriage to Desdemona Herald: “It is Othello's pleasure, our noble and valiant
general, that, upon certain tidings now arrived,
importing the mere perdition of the Turkish fleet,
every man put himself into triumph; some to dance” (1-5)

Act 2 scene 3: Othello leaves Iago lead Cassio into committing action, will disgrace IAGO: “O sweet England!
King Stephen was a worthy peer,
His breeches cost him but a crown;
He held them sixpence all too dear,
With that he call'd the tailor lown.” (75-80)

Act 3 scene 1: Cassio tries to win Othello’s over with music Othello dislikes CASSIO: “Prithee, keep up thy quillets. There's a poor piece of gold for thee: if the gentlewoman that attends the general's wife be stirring, tell her there's one Cassio entreats her a little favour of speech: wilt thou do this?” (21-15)

Act 3 scene 2: Othello gives Iago letters to deliver and looks town’s fortification OTHELLO: “These letters give, Iago, to the pilot;
And by him do my duties to the senate:
That done, I will be walking on the works;
Repair there to me.” (1-5)

Act 3 scene 3: Desdemona begs Othello to forgive Cassio Othello angry about handkerchief DESDEMONA: “Do not doubt that; before Emilia here
I give thee warrant of thy place: assure thee” (18-20)

Act 3 scene 4: Desdemona wonders to Emilia where her handkerchief might be DESDEMONA: “Believe me, I had rather have lost my purse
Full of crusadoes: and, but my noble Moor
Is true of mind and made of no such baseness” (19-20)

Act 4 scene 1: He wonders whether Othello is mad Iago refuses to answer anything OTHELLO: “Lie with her! lie on her! We say lie on her, when they belie her. Lie with her! that's fulsome.” (35-36)

Act 4 scene 2: Othello interrogates Emilia about Desdemona’s behavior says done nothing wrong OTHELLO: “Come, swear it, damn thyself;
Lest, being like one of heaven, the devils themselves
Should fear to seize thee: therefore be double damn'd:
Swear thou art honest.” (36-39)

Act 4 scene 3: Emilia begs would not deceive her husband for jewels/clothes DESDEMONA: “Good night, good night: heaven me such uses send, Not to pick bad from bad, but by bad mend!” (104-105)

Act 5 scene 1: Iago tries to ambush Cassio Iago stabs Rodrigo death IAGO: “Cassio hath here been set on in the dark
By Roderigo and fellows that are scaped:
He's almost slain, and Roderigo dead.” (112-115)

Act 5 scene 2: Othello kills Desdemona found out for nothing kills himself tragic OTHELLO: “I kiss'd thee ere I kill'd thee: no way but this; Killing myself, to die upon a kiss.”
[Falls on the bed, and dies.](362-365)

Character Mapping
Othello: The play’s protagonist and hero. Dies a tragic death by killing himself at the end the end of the play after killing his wife Desdemona. A black man and a very good fighter. He is in an upperclass and very

Desdemona: The daughter of the Venetian senator Brabanzio. Desdemona and Othello are secretly married before the play begins.

Iago: Othello’s ensign (a job also known as an ancient or standard-bearer), and the villain of the play. Iago is twenty-eight years old.

Michael Cassio: Othello’s lieutenant. Cassio is a young and inexperienced soldier, whose high position is much resented by Iago

Emilia: Iago’s wife and Desdemona’s attendant. A cynical, worldly woman, she is deeply attached to her mistress and distrustful of her husband.

Roderigo: A jealous suitor of Desdemona. Young, rich, and foolish, Roderigo is convinced that if he gives Iago all of his money, Iago will help him win Desdemona’s hand.

Bianca: A courtesan, or prostitute, in Cyprus. Bianca’s favorite customer is Cassio, who teases her with promises of marriage.

Brabanzio: Desdemona’s father, a somewhat blustering and self-important Venetian senator. As a friend of Othello, Brabanzio feels betrayed when

Duke of Venice: The official authority in Venice, the duke has great respect for Othello as a public and military servant. His primary role within the play is to reconcile Othello and Brabanzio in Act I, scene iii, and then to send Othello to Cyprus.

Montano: The governor of Cyprus before Othello. We see him first in Act II, as he recounts the status of the war and awaits the Venetian ships

Lodovico: One of Brabanzio’s kinsmen, Lodovico acts as a messenger from Venice to Cyprus. He arrives in Cyprus in Act IV with letters announcing that Othello has been replaced by Cassio as governor.

Graziano: Brabanzio’s kinsman who accompanies Lodovico to Cyprus. Amidst the chaos of the final scene, Graziano mentions that Desdemona’s father has died

Clown: Othello’s servant. Although the clown appears only in two short scenes, his appearances reflect and distort the action and words of the main plots

Cite This Document

Related Documents

  • Othello - Iago

    ...Iago demands the audience's complicity we cannot help being fascinated by him In Shakespeare's Othello, the character of Iago is constructed to demand the audience's complicity despite the corrupt nature of his actions. an Elizabethan audience may have responded in a negative fashion to Iago's manipulative behaviour but in contrast with this,...

    Read More
  • Iago in Othello

    ... A Look into the Mind of Shakespeare’s Greatest Villain: Iago Iago of Shakespeare’s Othello is widely known as one of, if not the most notorious, sadistic and manipulating characters of all time. He possesses a unique ability to access an individual’s flaws and uses them towards his foul desires as he plots and schemes. Iago displays ma...

    Read More
  • othello

    ...Towards the ends of Othello both Emilia and Desdemona are confirmed as tragic heroines. Throughout the play, Emilia is beaten down by Iago, as a result of the gender inequality of the time and her low status as a woman. In the last scene though, she finally breaks through this and finds her voice and stands up to patriarchal domination, whic...

    Read More
  • Iago in Othello

    ...Iago of Othello William Shakespeare began writing tragedies because he believed the plots used by other English writers were lacking artistic purpose and form. He used the fall of a notable person as the main focus of his tragedies (Tragic Hero) developed through the characterization of his pivotal characters correlated wi...

    Read More
  • Othello and Iago

    ...wrote Othello the Moor of Venice to be performed. There are more than fifty movies, ballet performances and musicals about Othello. Each of them is different and shows a director’s unique perspective. What is it about this piece that makes people perform it so many times? In each generation people are trying to visualize the immortal theme of...

    Read More
  • Othello: Iago the Outsider

    ...seemingly equal community. In the case of Shakespeare's Othello the outsider from humanity would be Iago for he truly stands out from the rest of society. Although Othello may be physically put out of the community, it seems that on an emotional and egotistical level Iago puts himself out of society further then Othello's blackness does. He is n...

    Read More
  • Othello - Iago - Freeessays.Com

    ...Throughout Othello, the devil-reincarnated Iago is seen to be scheming something. As the story unfolds, we see that Iago manipulates the people around him, by helping them in hope and confidence to achieve the success of his plans to bring down Cassio and use all efforts to make himself Lieutenant. The first person that we can see Iago uses ...

    Read More
  • Othellos Relationship with Iago

    ...Othello's Relationship with Iago From Hamlet, an ideal prince, and other essays in Shakesperean interpretation: Hamlet; Merchant of Venice; Othello; King Lear by Alexander W. Crawford. Boston R.G. Badger, 1916. The first scene of Othello presents a conversation between Roderigo, the disappointed suitor of Desdemona, and Iago, concerning in...

    Read More

Discover the Best Free Essays on StudyMode

Conquer writer's block once and for all.

High Quality Essays

Our library contains thousands of carefully selected free research papers and essays.

Popular Topics

No matter the topic you're researching, chances are we have it covered.