Othello reenters and questions the men as to what happened. After Othello has killed Desdemona and himself the Venetian authority seizes Iago and demands an explanation of his villainous acts.
When Cassio identifies Roderigo as one of his attackers, Iago secretly stabs Roderigo to stop him revealing the plot.
Shakespeare's most striking departure from Cinthio is the manner of his heroine's death. Lodovico apprehends both Iago and Othello for the murders of Roderigo, Emilia, and Desdemona, but Othello commits suicide. The senate is satisfied, once Desdemona confirms that she loves Othello, but Brabantio leaves saying that Desdemona will betray Othello: Othello explains that Desdemona became enamoured of him for the sad and compelling stories he told of his life before Venice, not because of any witchcraft.
But questions of race may not boil down to a simple decision of casting a single role. When Othello mentions the handkerchief as proof, Emilia realizes what her husband Iago has done, and she exposes him, whereupon he kills her. We see him first in Act II, as he recounts the status of the war and awaits the Venetian ships.
Iago feels infallible and considers honest man to be foolish. Othello defends himself before the Duke of VeniceBrabantio's kinsmen Lodovico and Gratiano, and various senators. Read an in-depth analysis of Iago.
By order of the Duke, Othello leaves Venice to command the Venetian armies against invading Turks on the island of Cyprusaccompanied by his new wife, his new lieutenant Cassio, his ensign Iago, and Iago's wife, Emilia, as Desdemona's attendant. Act III, scene iii is considered to be the turning point of the play as it is the scene in which Iago successfully sows the seeds of doubt in Othello's mind, inevitably sealing Othello's fate.
But all these are false rationalizations having no evidence. But along with his mental dexterity, Iago also has a weak point or hamartia. Those who consider Othello their social and civic peer, such as Desdemona and Brabanzio, nevertheless seem drawn to him because of his exotic qualities.
He thought that he had foreseen everything, but it never occurred to him that his wife might betray him.
Iago then leads Othello to believe that a bawdy conversation about Cassio's mistress, Biancais in fact about Desdemona.
While in many ways stereotypically pure and meek, Desdemona is also determined and self-possessed. Iago did not understand the power of love and affection, out of love for the dead Desdemona, Emilia exposes the villainy of her husband to others.
Act IV[ edit ] Iago plants the handkerchief in Cassio's lodgings, then tells Othello to watch Cassio's reactions while Iago questions him. Iago is twenty-eight years old. He is a general in the Venetian defense forces, and, although a foreigner from Africa, he has won this post by excellence in the field of war.
Iago is surrounded with bitter irony: Necessity forces his hand, and, in order to destroy Othello, he must also destroy Roderigo, Emilia, Desdemona, and ultimately himself. This means that Iago is a consummate artist who has successfully deluded all the observers of his real nature.
Each thing Iago says is cause for worry.
Don't act the villain, don't look it, or speak it, by scowling and growling, I meanbut think it all the time. Repeatedly frustrated as Othello marries Desdemona and then takes her to Cyprus, Roderigo is ultimately desperate enough to agree to help Iago kill Cassio after Iago points out that Cassio is another potential rival for Desdemona.
Possibly Iago was always a villain and confidence trickster who set up a false reputation for honesty, but how can one set up a reputation for honesty except by being consistently honest over a long period of time?
The fascinating things in the character of Iago are his outward commonness and his undetected inward villainy.In the play Othello by William Shakespeare, our hero, named Othello, meets his demise due to his personality.
Some of Othello’s character traits were the main reason behind his death.
The antagonist of the story, Iago, focuses on three character traits of Othello in order to get his revenge. Othello is a combination of greatness and weakness, in his own words "an honourable murderer" (V.2, ). He is a general in the Venetian defense forces, and, although a foreigner from Africa, he has won this post by excellence in the field of war.
Othello. Beginning with the opening lines of the play, Othello remains at a distance from much of the action that concerns and affects him.
Roderigo and Iago. Iago finds women faithless, even suspecting his wife of having an earlier affair with Othello (It is thought abroad that ’twixt my sheets / He has done my office” (dominicgaudious.net–)).
Othello (The Tragedy of Othello, the Moor of Venice) is a tragedy by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written in It is based on the story Un Capitano Moro ("A Moorish Captain") by Cinthio, a disciple of Boccaccio, first published in . Othello study guide contains a biography of William Shakespeare, literature essays, a complete e-text, quiz questions, major themes, characters, and a .Download