Role[ edit ] Othello is a Moorish prince living in Veniceas an ambassador of the Moors. After time in Venice, Othello is appointed general in the Venetian Army. His officer Iago tricks him into believing that his wife Desdemona is having an affair with his Lieutenant, Michael Cassio.
In gruesome detail, Cinthio follows each blow, and, when she is dead, the Moor and his ensign place her lifeless body upon her bed, smash her skulland then cause the cracked ceiling above the bed to collapse upon her, giving the impression the falling rafters caused her death.
The two murderers escape detection. The Moor misses his wife greatly, however, and comes to loathe the sight of his ensign. He demotes him, and refuses to have him in his company.
The two men denounce the Moor to the Venetian Seignory. The Moor is arrested, transported from Cyprus to Veniceand torturedbut refuses to admit his guilt. Iago plots to manipulate Othello into demoting Cassio, and thereafter to bring about the downfall of Othello himself.
This plan occupies the final three acts of the play. Once Othello flies into a jealous rage, Iago tells him to hide and look on while he Iago talks to Cassio.
Mad with jealousy, Othello orders Iago to kill Cassio, promising to make him lieutenant in return. Iago then engineers a fight between Cassio and Roderigo in which the latter is killed by Iago himself, double-crossing his allybut the former merely wounded. He remains famously reticent when pressed for an explanation of his actions before he is arrested: What you know, you know.
From this time forth I never will speak word. With 1, lines, Iago has more lines in the play than Othello himself. Iago is a Machiavellian schemer and manipulator, as he is often referred to as "honest Iago", displaying his skill at deceiving other characters so that not only do they not suspect him, but they count on him as the person most likely to be truthful.
For, "Iago dates his maturity, as he considers it, his ability to understand the world, from the age at which he recognized every remark to be personally pointed.
One only who lacks inner assurance and is so constantly on guard against any hint of his inferiority could so confess himself".+ free ebooks online. Did you know that you can help us produce ebooks by proof-reading just one page a day?
Go to: Distributed Proofreaders. Plot Overview. Othello begins on a street in Venice, in the midst of an argument between Roderigo, a rich man, and Iago. Roderigo has been paying Iago to help him in his suit to Desdemona.
But Roderigo has just learned that Desdemona has married Othello, a general whom Iago . Othello (/ oʊ ˈ θ ɛ l oʊ /) is a character in Shakespeare's Othello (c. –). The character's origin is traced to the tale "Un Capitano Moro" in Gli Hecatommithi by Giovanni Battista Giraldi ashio-midori.com, he is simply referred to as the Moor.
Othello is a brave and competent soldier of advanced years and Moorish background in the service of the Venetian Republic. Iago is a fictional character in Shakespeare's Othello (c. –). Iago is the play's main antagonist, and Othello's ashio-midori.com is the husband of Emilia, who is in turn the attendant of Othello's wife ashio-midori.com hates Othello and devises a plan to destroy him by making him believe that his wife is having an affair with his lieutenant, .
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 The story revolves around its two central characters: Othello, a Moorish general in the Venetian army and his unfaithful ensign, Iago.
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