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Unformatted text preview: Act​ ​I. Shakespeare's​ ​famous​ ​play​ ​of​ ​love​ ​turned​ ​bad​ ​by​ ​unfounded​ ​jealousy,​ ​begins​ ​in​ ​Venice​ ​with Iago,​ ​a​ ​soldier​ ​under​ ​Othello's​ ​command​ ​arguing​ ​with​ ​Roderigo,​ ​a​ ​wealthy​ ​Venetian.​ ​Roderigo has​ ​paid​ ​Iago​ ​a​ ​considerable​ ​sum​ ​of​ ​money​ ​to​ ​spy​ ​on​ ​Othello​ ​for​ ​him,​ ​since​ ​he​ ​wishes​ ​to​ ​take Othello's​ ​girlfriend,​ ​Desdemona​ ​as​ ​his​ ​own. Roderigo​ ​fears​ ​that​ ​Iago​ ​has​ ​not​ ​been​ ​telling​ ​him​ ​enough​ ​about​ ​Desdemona​ ​and​ ​that​ ​this​ ​proves Iago's​ ​real​ ​loyalty​ ​is​ ​to​ ​Othello​ ​not​ ​him. Iago​ ​explains​ ​his​ ​hatred​ ​of​ ​Othello​ ​for​ ​choosing​ ​Cassio​ ​as​ ​his​ ​officer​ ​or​ ​lieutenant​ ​and​ ​not​ ​him​ ​as he​ ​expected. To​ ​regain​ ​Roderigo's​ ​trust,​ ​Iago​ ​and​ ​Roderigo​ ​inform​ ​Brabantio,​ ​Desdemona's​ ​father​ ​of​ ​her relationship​ ​with​ ​Othello,​ ​the​ ​"Moor"​ ​which​ ​enrages​ ​Brabantio​ ​into​ ​sending​ ​parties​ ​out​ ​at​ ​night to​ ​apprehend​ ​Othello​ ​for​ ​what​ ​must​ ​obviously​ ​be​ ​in​ ​Brabantio's​ ​eyes,​ ​an​ ​abuse​ ​of​ ​his​ ​daughter​ ​by Othello... Iago​ ​lies​ ​that​ ​Roderigo​ ​and​ ​not​ ​himself,​ ​was​ ​responsible​ ​for​ ​angering​ ​Brabantio​ ​against​ ​Othello, Iago​ ​telling​ ​Othello​ ​that​ ​he​ ​should​ ​watch​ ​out​ ​for​ ​Brabantio's​ ​men​ ​who​ ​are​ ​looking​ ​for​ ​him. Othello​ ​decides​ ​not​ ​to​ ​hide,​ ​since​ ​he​ ​believes​ ​his​ ​good​ ​name​ ​will​ ​stand​ ​him​ ​in​ ​good​ ​stead. We​ ​learn​ ​that​ ​Othello​ ​has​ ​married​ ​Desdemona.​ ​Brabantio​ ​and​ ​Roderigo​ ​arrive,​ ​Brabantio accusing​ ​Othello​ ​of​ ​using​ ​magic​ ​on​ ​his​ ​daughter. Othello​ ​stops​ ​a​ ​fight​ ​before​ ​it​ ​can​ ​happen​ ​but​ ​Othello​ ​is​ ​called​ ​away​ ​to​ ​discuss​ ​a​ ​crisis​ ​in Cypress,​ ​much​ ​to​ ​the​ ​anger​ ​of​ ​Brabantio​ ​who​ ​wants​ ​justice​ ​for​ ​what​ ​he​ ​believes​ ​Othello​ ​has​ ​done to​ ​his​ ​fair​ ​Desdemona. The​ ​Duke​ ​is​ ​in​ ​council​ ​with​ ​several​ ​senators​ ​discussing​ ​their​ ​enemy,​ ​the​ ​Turks​ ​(Turkish​ ​people). Brabantio​ ​complains​ ​to​ ​the​ ​Duke​ ​that​ ​Othello​ ​bewitched​ ​his​ ​daughter​ ​and​ ​had​ ​intimate​ ​relations with​ ​her. Desdemona​ ​is​ ​brought​ ​in​ ​to​ ​settle​ ​the​ ​matter,​ ​Othello​ ​meanwhile​ ​explains​ ​how​ ​he​ ​and Desdemona​ ​fell​ ​in​ ​love.​ ​Desdemona​ ​confirms​ ​this​ ​and​ ​the​ ​Duke​ ​advises​ ​Brabantio​ ​that​ ​he​ ​would be​ ​better​ ​off​ ​accepting​ ​the​ ​marriage​ ​than​ ​complaining​ ​and​ ​changing​ ​nothing. The​ ​Duke​ ​orders​ ​Othello​ ​to​ ​Cypress​ ​to​ ​fight​ ​the​ ​Turks,​ ​with​ ​Desdemona​ ​to​ ​follow,​ ​accompanied by​ ​the​ ​trusted​ ​Iago. Roderigo​ ​despairs​ ​that​ ​his​ ​quest​ ​for​ ​Desdemona​ ​is​ ​over​ ​now​ ​that​ ​she​ ​is​ ​married,​ ​but ​Iago​ ​tells him​ ​not​ ​to​ ​give​ ​up​ ​and​ ​earn​ ​money​ ​instead;​ ​soon​ ​Desdemona​ ​will​ ​bore​ ​of​ ​Othello. Alone,​ ​Iago​ ​reveals​ ​his​ ​intention​ ​to​ ​continue​ ​using​ ​Roderigo​ ​for​ ​money​ ​and​ ​his​ ​hatred​ ​of​ ​Othello (Othello​ ​picked​ ​Cassio​ ​and​ ​not​ ​Iago​ ​for​ ​his​ ​lieutenant). Iago​ ​explains​ ​that​ ​his​ ​plan​ ​is​ ​avenge​ ​Othello​ ​is​ ​to​ ​suggest​ ​to​ ​Othello​ ​that​ ​Cassio​ ​is​ ​sleeping​ ​with Desdemona​ ​(Othello's​ ​wife). Act​ ​II. Several​ ​weeks​ ​later​ ​in​ ​Cypress,​ ​Montano​ ​and​ ​several​ ​others​ ​are​ ​awaiting​ ​Othello's​ ​arrival​ ​by​ ​bark or​ ​ship.​ ​We​ ​learn​ ​that​ ​a​ ​terrible​ ​storm​ ​has​ ​largely​ ​battered​ ​and​ ​destroyed​ ​the​ ​Turkish​ ​fleet,​ ​which no​ ​longer​ ​poses​ ​a​ ​threat​ ​to​ ​Cypress.​ ​Unfortunately​ ​there​ ​are​ ​fears​ ​that​ ​this​ ​same​ ​storm​ ​drowned Othello​ ​as​ ​well. Montano​ ​reveals​ ​his​ ​high​ ​praise​ ​of​ ​Othello,​ ​which​ ​is​ ​shared​ ​by​ ​many.​ ​Cassio,​ ​who​ ​has​ ​arrived, sings​ ​Desdemona's​ ​praises.​ ​A​ ​ship​ ​is​ ​spotted​ ​but​ ​it​ ​is​ ​Desdemona​ ​and​ ​Iago's​ ​not​ ​Othello's.​ ​Iago suspects​ ​that​ ​Cassio​ ​loves​ ​Desdemona​ ​and​ ​slyly​ ​uses​ ​it​ ​to​ ​his​ ​advantage. Iago​ ​tells​ ​Roderigo​ ​that​ ​he​ ​still​ ​has​ ​a​ ​chance​ ​with​ ​Desdemona​ ​but​ ​Cassio​ ​whom​ ​Desdemona could​ ​love​ ​is​ ​in​ ​the​ ​way.​ ​Killing​ ​Cassio​ ​(who​ ​became​ ​Othello's​ ​lieutenant​ ​instead​ ​of​ ​Iago)​ ​will leave​ ​Desdemona​ ​to​ ​Roderigo,​ ​Iago​ ​slyly​ ​explains. Othello​ ​finally​ ​arrives​ ​to​ ​everyone's​ ​great​ ​relief.​ ​Iago​ ​decides​ ​to​ ​tell​ ​Othello​ ​that​ ​Cassio​ ​is​ ​having an​ ​affair​ ​with​ ​Desdemona's​ ​so​ ​Iago​ ​will​ ​be​ ​rewarded​ ​whilst​ ​Cassio​ ​will​ ​be​ ​punished. A​ ​Herald​ ​announces​ ​celebration​ ​that​ ​"our​ ​noble​ ​general​ ​Othello!"​ ​has​ ​defeated​ ​the​ ​Turkish​ ​fleet, calling​ ​on​ ​all​ ​to​ ​celebrate​ ​this​ ​great​ ​triumph​ ​and​ ​also​ ​to​ ​celebrate​ ​Othello's​ ​"nuptial"​ ​or​ ​wedding to​ ​the​ ​fair​ ​Desdemona. Iago​ ​learns​ ​more​ ​of​ ​Cassio's​ ​high​ ​regard​ ​for​ ​Desdemona​ ​and​ ​Iago​ ​manipulates​ ​Cassio​ ​into drinking​ ​too​ ​much​ ​since​ ​he​ ​is​ ​certain​ ​Cassio​ ​will​ ​do​ ​something​ ​he​ ​will​ ​regret. With​ ​Cassio​ ​gone,​ ​Iago​ ​tells​ ​Montano​ ​of​ ​Cassio's​ ​drinking​ ​problem​ ​turning​ ​Montano's​ ​high regard​ ​for​ ​Cassio​ ​into​ ​dust.​ ​Iago​ ​also​ ​tells​ ​Roderigo​ ​to​ ​attack​ ​Cassio.​ ​This​ ​happens,​ ​and​ ​Cassio wounds​ ​Roderigo​ ​and​ ​then​ ​Montano​ ​who​ ​was​ ​trying​ ​to​ ​break​ ​up​ ​the​ ​fight. Othello​ ​is​ ​now​ ​awake​ ​and​ ​Cassio's​ ​name​ ​ruined. Othello​ ​though​ ​he​ ​loves​ ​Cassio,​ ​has​ ​no​ ​choice​ ​but​ ​to​ ​demote​ ​him​ ​from​ ​his​ ​position​ ​as​ ​his lieutenant.​ ​Next​ ​Iago​ ​comforts​ ​Cassio​ ​by​ ​suggesting​ ​he​ ​speak​ ​with​ ​Desdemona​ ​who​ ​could​ ​put​ ​in a​ ​good​ ​word​ ​for​ ​him​ ​with​ ​Othello. Iago​ ​comforts​ ​a​ ​wounded​ ​Roderigo,​ ​telling​ ​him​ ​he​ ​has​ ​won​ ​by​ ​ruining​ ​Cassio's​ ​name.​ ​Iago​ ​has his​ ​wife​ ​Emilia​ ​ensure​ ​Desdemona​ ​and​ ​Cassio​ ​will​ ​talk​ ​so​ ​Othello​ ​can​ ​see​ ​his​ ​wife​ ​talking​ ​with Cassio,​ ​allowing​ ​Iago​ ​to​ ​convince​ ​Othello​ ​that​ ​Desdemona​ ​is​ ​being​ ​unfaithful... Act​ ​III. Cassio​ ​tells​ ​Iago​ ​that​ ​he​ ​has​ ​arranged​ ​to​ ​meet​ ​Desdemona,​ ​Iago​ ​helping​ ​Cassio​ ​to​ ​do​ ​this. Iago's​ ​wife,​ ​Emilia,​ ​tells​ ​Cassio​ ​that​ ​Othello​ ​would​ ​like​ ​to​ ​reinstate​ ​him​ ​as​ ​his​ ​lieutenant​ ​but​ ​the fact​ ​that​ ​Cassio's​ ​fight​ ​is​ ​public​ ​news,​ ​prevents​ ​Othello​ ​from​ ​doing​ ​this​ ​immediately. Emilia​ ​tells​ ​Cassio​ ​that​ ​she​ ​can​ ​arrange​ ​a​ ​meeting​ ​with​ ​Desdemona. Some​ ​time​ ​later,​ ​Cassio​ ​speaks​ ​with​ ​a​ ​very​ ​sympathetic​ ​Desdemona​ ​who​ ​assures​ ​him​ ​that Othello​ ​still​ ​very​ ​much​ ​loves​ ​Cassio.​ ​Furthermore,​ ​Desdemona​ ​resolves​ ​to​ ​keep​ ​putting​ ​in​ ​a​ ​good word​ ​for​ ​Cassio​ ​until​ ​he​ ​is​ ​again​ ​Othello's​ ​lieutenant. At​ ​a​ ​distance,​ ​Iago​ ​manipulates​ ​Othello​ ​by​ ​first​ ​suggesting​ ​shock​ ​and​ ​then​ ​hiding​ ​his​ ​outbursts from​ ​Othello.​ ​This​ ​guarantees​ ​Othello's​ ​attention,​ ​as​ ​Iago​ ​plants​ ​seeds​ ​of​ ​doubt​ ​in​ ​Othello's​ ​mind about​ ​Desdemona's​ ​fidelity​ ​especially​ ​where​ ​Cassio​ ​is​ ​concerned. Iago​ ​leaves​ ​Othello​ ​almost​ ​convinced​ ​that​ ​his​ ​wife​ ​is​ ​having​ ​an​ ​affair​ ​with​ ​Cassio. Othello​ ​now​ ​complains​ ​of​ ​a​ ​headache​ ​to​ ​Desdemona,​ ​which​ ​results​ ​in​ ​her​ ​dropping​ ​a​ ​strawberry patterned​ ​handkerchief,​ ​Othello's​ ​first​ ​gift​ ​to​ ​her.​ ​Emilia​ ​picks​ ​this​ ​up​ ​gives​ ​it​ ​to​ ​Iago​ ​who decides​ ​the​ ​handkerchief​ ​could​ ​help​ ​his​ ​manipulation​ ​if​ ​he​ ​ensures​ ​Cassio​ ​receives​ ​it. Iago​ ​arranges​ ​to​ ​place​ ​the​ ​handkerchief​ ​near​ ​Cassio's​ ​lodgings​ ​or​ ​home​ ​where​ ​he​ ​is​ ​certain​ ​to find​ ​it​ ​and​ ​take​ ​it​ ​as​ ​his​ ​own,​ ​unaware​ ​that​ ​it​ ​is​ ​Othello's​ ​gift​ ​to​ ​Desdemona. A​ ​furious​ ​Othello​ ​returns​ ​to​ ​Iago,​ ​certain​ ​his​ ​wife​ ​is​ ​faithful​ ​and​ ​demanding​ ​proof​ ​from​ ​Iago​ ​of Desdemona's​ ​infidelity. Reluctantly​ ​and​ ​hesitantly,​ ​Iago​ ​tells​ ​Othello​ ​he​ ​saw​ ​Cassio​ ​wipe​ ​his​ ​brow​ ​with​ ​Desdemona's handkerchief.​ ​Othello​ ​is​ ​convinced,​ ​cursing​ ​his​ ​wife​ ​and​ ​telling​ ​Iago​ ​who​ ​is​ ​now​ ​promoted​ ​to lieutenant​ ​to​ ​kill​ ​Cassio.​ ​Othello​ ​will​ ​deal​ ​with​ Desdemona... Desdemona​ ​worries​ ​about​ ​her​ ​missing​ ​handkerchief​ ​and​ ​comments​ ​that​ ​if​ ​she​ ​lost​ ​it,​ ​it​ ​could​ ​lead Othello​ ​doubting​ ​her​ ​fidelity.​ ​Emilia​ ​when​ ​asked​ ​about​ ​Desdemona's​ ​lost​ ​handkerchief,​ ​lies, denying​ ​having​ ​seen​ ​the​ ​handkerchief​ ​she​ ​picked​ ​up​ ​and​ ​gave​ ​to​ ​Iago. Othello​ ​enters;​ ​asking​ ​Desdemona​ ​for​ ​the​ ​very​ ​same​ ​handkerchief​ ​and​ ​Desdemona​ ​assures​ ​him that​ ​the​ ​handkerchief​ ​is​ ​not​ ​lost​ ​and​ ​will​ ​be​ ​found. Desdemona​ ​now​ ​tries​ ​to​ ​change​ ​the​ ​subject​ ​to​ ​Cassio,​ ​but​ ​Othello​ ​continually​ ​stresses​ ​the​ ​value the​ ​handkerchief​ ​has​ ​to​ ​him,​ ​this​ ​leading​ ​to​ ​Othello​ ​angrily​ ​ordering​ ​his​ ​wife​ ​away. Cassio​ ​arrives,​ ​Desdemona​ ​telling​ ​him​ ​that​ ​her​ ​attempts​ ​to​ ​help​ ​him​ ​are​ ​not​ ​going​ ​well.​ ​Iago claims​ ​total​ ​ignorance​ ​to​ ​the​ ​cause​ ​of​ ​Othello's​ ​fury. Cassio​ ​gives​ ​Othello's​ ​handkerchief,​ ​which​ ​he​ ​found,​ ​to​ ​his​ ​suspicious​ ​mistress​ ​Bianca​ ​who reluctantly​ ​starts​ ​to​ ​copy​ ​its​ ​patterning​ ​(presumably​ ​its​ ​strawberry​ ​motif​ ​/​ ​design)​ ​for​ ​him. Act​ ​IV. Iago​ ​fans​ ​the​ ​flames​ ​of​ ​Othello's​ ​distrust​ ​and​ ​fury​ ​with​ ​Desdemona's​ ​supposed​ ​"infidelity"​ ​by first​ ​suggesting​ ​Desdemona​ ​shared​ ​her​ ​bed​ ​with​ ​Cassio​ ​and​ ​then​ ​that​ ​her​ ​giving​ ​away​ ​the handkerchief​ ​is​ ​no​ ​big​ ​deal​ ​when​ ​Iago​ ​knows​ ​exactly​ ​how​ ​hurtful​ ​to​ ​Othello,​ ​giving​ ​away​ ​this sentimental​ ​gift​ ​is. Next​ ​Iago​ ​suggests​ ​to​ ​Othello​ ​that​ ​Cassio​ ​will​ ​"blab"​ ​or​ ​gloat​ ​to​ ​others​ ​about​ ​his​ ​conquest​ ​of Desdemona​ ​before​ ​telling​ ​Othello​ ​that​ ​Cassio​ ​boasted​ ​to​ ​him​ ​that​ ​he​ ​did​ ​indeed​ ​sleep​ ​with Desdemona. Meeting​ ​later​ ​with​ ​Cassio,​ ​Iago​ ​cunningly​ ​talks​ ​to​ ​Cassio​ ​about​ ​Cassio's​ ​mistress​ ​Bianca,​ ​each smile​ ​and​ ​each​ ​gesture​ ​made​ ​by​ ​Cassio​ ​infuriating​ ​a​ ​hidden​ ​Othello​ ​who​ ​thinks​ ​Cassio​ ​is​ ​talking about​ ​sleeping​ ​with​ ​Desdemona​ ​(Othello's​ ​wife). Next​ ​Bianca​ ​(Cassio's​ ​mistress)​ ​arrives,​ ​angrily​ ​giving​ ​back​ ​the​ ​handkerchief​ ​Cassio​ ​gave​ ​to​ ​her. This​ ​infuriates​ ​Othello​ ​since​ ​as​ ​Iago​ ​puts​ ​it,​ ​Cassio​ ​not​ ​only​ ​received​ ​Othello's​ ​handkerchief from​ ​his​ ​wife​ ​but​ ​then​ ​gave​ ​it​ ​away​ ​to​ ​his​ ​whore​ ​(Bianca)​ ​as​ ​if​ ​it​ ​were​ ​worthless. Othello​ ​decides​ ​to​ ​kill​ ​Desdemona​ ​by​ ​strangulation​ ​in​ ​her​ ​bed,​ ​Iago's​ ​idea.​ ​Iago​ ​pledges​ ​to​ ​kill Cassio. Lodovico​ ​arrives,​ ​announcing​ ​that​ ​Othello​ ​is​ ​to​ ​return​ ​home​ ​and​ ​Cassio​ ​is​ ​to​ ​be​ ​the​ ​next Governor​ ​of​ ​Cypress.​ ​Desdemona's​ ​joy​ ​for​ ​Cassio​ ​enrages​ ​Othello,​ ​leaving​ ​Lodovico​ ​and​ ​Iago​ ​to wonder​ ​how​ ​much​ ​Othello​ ​seems​ ​to​ ​have​ ​changed​ ​and​ ​leaving​ ​poor​ ​Desdemona​ ​to​ ​wonder​ ​how she​ ​offended​ ​the​ ​man​ ​she​ ​truly​ ​loves... Othello​ ​questions​ ​Emilia​ ​as​ ​to​ ​whether​ ​Desdemona​ ​was​ ​unfaithful​ ​to​ ​him.​ ​Annoyed​ ​that​ ​Emilia's answers​ ​suggest​ ​nothing​ ​has​ ​happened​ ​between​ ​Desdemona​ ​and​ ​Cassio,​ ​Othello​ ​dismisses​ ​her comments​ ​as​ ​those​ ​of​ ​a​ ​simple​ ​woman. Othello​ ​meets​ ​Desdemona,​ ​Desdemona​ ​becoming​ ​increasingly​ ​upset​ ​with​ ​her​ ​husband's​ ​anger towards​ ​her,​ ​an​ ​anger​ ​she​ ​cannot​ ​understand. Othello​ ​eventually​ ​reveals​ ​to​ ​Desdemona​ ​that​ ​her​ ​infidelity​ ​is​ ​the​ ​source​ ​of​ ​his​ ​anger, Desdemona​ ​pleading​ ​her​ ​innocence​ ​on​ ​deaf​ ​ears. Emilia​ ​and​ ​Desdemona​ ​discuss​ ​Othello's​ ​strange​ ​behavior.​ ​Emilia​ ​is​ ​certain​ ​some​ ​evil​ ​fellow​ ​has twisted​ ​Othello​ ​to​ ​believe​ ​Desdemona​ ​has​ ​been​ ​unfaithful,​ ​not​ ​realizing​ ​that​ ​this​ ​evil​ ​man​ ​is​ ​her own​ ​husband​ ​Iago. We​ ​learn​ ​that​ ​Iago​ ​has​ ​been​ ​pocketing​ ​Roderigo's​ ​gifts​ ​to​ ​Desdemona,​ ​which​ ​never​ ​reached​ ​her. Fearing​ ​Roderigo​ ​will​ ​learn​ ​this,​ ​Iago​ ​tells​ ​Roderigo​ ​that​ ​Cassio​ ​must​ ​die​ ​since​ ​Iago​ ​benefits​ ​if ever​ ​man​ ​dies. Lodovico​ ​tries​ ​to​ ​calm​ ​Othello​ ​down.​ ​Othello​ ​orders​ ​Desdemona​ ​to​ ​bed​ ​to​ ​await​ ​him​ ​later,​ ​an order​ ​Desdemona​ ​dutifully​ ​obeys​ ​out​ ​of​ ​love​ ​for​ ​Othello. Emilia​ ​notices​ ​that​ ​Othello​ ​is​ ​much​ ​calmer​ ​now​ ​and​ ​tells​ ​Desdemona​ ​her​ ​bed​ ​has​ ​been​ ​made with​ ​her​ ​wedding​ ​sheets​ ​as​ ​requested.​ ​Desdemona​ ​asks​ ​to​ ​be​ ​buried​ ​in​ ​those​ ​same​ ​sheets​ ​should she​ ​die​ ​before​ ​Emilia,​ ​a​ ​hint​ ​of​ ​trouble​ ​ahead​ ​(Foreshadowing). Emilia​ ​is​ ​barred​ ​from​ ​joining​ ​Desdemona​ ​in​ ​her​ ​bedchamber,​ ​angering​ ​her.​ ​Desdemona, depressed,​ ​recalls​ ​a​ ​song​ ​(The​ ​Willow​ ​Song)​ ​of​ ​a​ ​maid​ ​who​ ​was​ ​similarly​ ​abused​ ​by​ ​her​ ​husband and​ ​sings​ ​it. Desdemona​ ​and​ ​Emilia​ ​talk​ ​about​ ​infidelity.​ ​Desdemona​ ​would​ ​not​ ​be​ ​unfaithful​ ​to​ ​her​ ​husband (Othello)​ ​for​ ​all​ ​the​ ​world;​ ​the​ ​more​ ​cynical​ ​and​ ​worldly​ ​Emilia​ ​would​ ​for​ ​the​ ​right​ ​price... Act​ ​V. Iago​ ​and​ ​Roderigo​ ​wait​ ​in​ ​a​ ​street​ ​to​ ​ambush​ ​Cassio.​ ​Iago​ ​tells​ ​Roderigo​ ​how​ ​to​ ​kill​ ​him.​ ​Iago does​ ​not​ ​care​ ​which​ ​ends​ ​up​ ​dead.​ ​Iago​ ​is​ ​worried​ ​that​ ​about​ ​Roderigo's​ ​increasing​ ​questioning of​ ​what​ ​happened​ ​to​ ​jewels​ ​that​ ​were​ ​given​ ​to​ ​him​ ​to​ ​pass​ ​on​ ​to​ ​Desdemona... Roderigo​ ​attacks​ ​Cassio​ ​but​ Cassio​ ​wounds​ ​Roderigo​ ​instead.​ ​Iago​ ​from​ ​behind​ ​stabs​ ​Cassio, wounding​ ​him​ ​in​ ​the​ ​leg.​ ​Othello​ ​hearing​ ​Cassio's​ ​cries​ ​is​ ​pleased,​ ​announcing​ ​that​ ​he​ ​too​ ​will soon​ ​kill​ ​(Desdemona). Lodovico​ ​and​ ​Gratiano​ ​and​ ​Iago​ ​reappear,​ ​Iago​ ​claiming​ ​total​ ​innocence​ ​to​ ​Cassio's​ ​injuries​ ​even though​ ​he​ ​inflicted​ ​them. Seizing​ ​Roderigo,​ ​Iago​ ​stabs​ ​and​ ​wounds​ ​him​ ​"in​ ​revenge"​ ​for​ ​wounding​ ​his​ ​"friend"​ ​Cassio. Gratiano​ ​and​ ​Lodovico​ ​tend​ ​to​ ​Cassio's​ ​wound.​ ​Bianca,​ ​Cassio's​ ​mistress​ ​arrives,​ ​Iago​ ​cleverly laying​ ​suspicion​ ​for​ ​Cassio's​ ​injuries​ ​on​ ​his​ ​innocent​ ​mistress,​ ​making​ ​Iago​ ​less​ ​suspicious... Othello​ ​enters​ ​Desdemona's​ ​bedchamber​ ​(bedroom)​ ​trying​ ​to​ ​convince​ ​himself​ ​that​ ​he​ ​is​ ​killing her​ ​for​ ​her​ ​own​ ​good.​ ​He​ ​kisses​ ​his​ ​still​ ​asleep​ ​wife​ ​one​ ​last​ ​time.​ ​Desdemona​ ​awakens,​ ​but Othello​ ​will​ ​still​ ​kill​ ​her,​ ​telling​ ​her​ ​to​ ​pray​ ​so​ ​her​ ​soul​ ​will​ ​not​ ​die​ ​when​ ​she​ ​does. Desdemona​ ​again​ ​asks​ ​what​ ​wrong​ ​she​ ​has​ ​committed,​ ​Othello​ ​telling​ ​her​ ​that​ ​she​ ​gave​ ​Cassio his​ ​handkerchief,​ ​by​ ​which​ ​he​ ​means​ ​he​ ​thinks​ ​she​ ​had​ ​an​ ​affair​ ​with​ ​him. Desdemona​ ​pleads​ ​her​ ​innocence,​ ​telling​ ​Othello​ ​to​ ​bring​ ​Cassio​ ​over​ ​to​ ​prove​ ​she​ ​did​ ​not​ ​give away​ ​her​ ​handkerchief.​ ​Othello​ ​says​ ​he​ ​confessed​ ​and​ ​is​ ​dead,​ ​Desdemona's​ ​fear​ ​and​ ​surprise prompting​ ​Othello​ ​to​ ​believe​ ​she​ ​does​ ​care​ ​for​ ​him. Othello​ ​kills​ ​Desdemona. Emilia​ ​banging​ ​on​ ​the​ ​door​ ​outside​ ​cannot​ ​stop​ ​this.​ ​Later​ ​Emilia​ ​is​ ​let​ ​in,​ ​revealing​ ​Iago​ ​has killed​ ​Roderigo​ ​and​ ​Desdemona​ ​who​ ​was​ ​thought​ ​dead,​ ​murmurs​ ​her​ ​last​ ​breaths​ ​but​ ​loyally does​ ​not​ ​say​ ​Othello​ ​killed​ ​her. Othello​ ​tells​ ​Emilia​ ​he​ ​killed​ ​her​ ​and​ ​Emilia​ ​despite​ ​Iago's​ ​attempts​ ​to​ ​remove​ ​her​ ​reveals​ ​the truth​ ​about​ ​the​ ​handkerchief;​ ​she​ ​found​ ​it,​ ​and​ ​then​ ​gave​ ​it​ ​to​ ​Iago.​ ​Iago​ ​now​ ​in​ ​trouble,​ ​stabs​ ​his wife​ ​Emilia​ ​and​ ​escapes. Emilia​ ​dies,​ ​singing​ ​the​ ​"Willow​ ​Song"​ ​before​ ​criticizing​ ​Othello​ ​for​ ​killing​ ​his​ ​loving​ ​wife. Lodovico,​ ​Montano,​ ​Cassio​ ​and​ ​the​ ​now​ ​captured​ ​prisoner​ ​Iago​ ​soon​ ​appear,​ ​Othello​ ​stabbing Iago​ ​but​ ​not​ ​killing​ ​him​ ​before​ ​having​ ​his​ ​sword​ ​removed. Lodovico​ ​is​ ​disappointed​ ​that​ ​Othello,​ ​a​ ​man​ ​so​ ​honorable​ ​has​ ​reverted​ ​to​ ​acting​ ​like​ ​a​ ​slave. Othello​ ​tries​ ​to​ ​argue​ ​that​ ​killing​ ​his​ ​wife​ ​was​ ​a​ ​noble​ ​action​ ​but​ ​it​ ​falls​ ​on​ ​deaf​ ​ears. Lodovico​ ​learns​ ​that​ ​Othello​ ​and​ ​Iago​ ​plotted​ ​Cassio's​ ​death.​ ​Lodovico​ ​reveals​ ​letters​ ​in​ ​the​ ​dead Roderigo's​ ​pocket​ ​proving​ ​Cassio​ ​was​ ​to​ ​be​ ​killed​ ​by​ ​Roderigo. Iago​ ​proudly​ ​confirms​ ​that​ ​Cassio​ ​did​ ​find​ ​the​ ​handkerchief​ ​in​ ​his​ ​bedchamber​ ​because​ ​Iago placed​ ​it​ ​there​ ​to​ ​be​ ​found. Othello,​ ​realizing​ ​what​ ​he​ ​has​ ​done,​ ​kills​ ​himself​ ​with​ ​a​ ​concealed​ ​weapon​ ​and​ ​lies​ ​himself​ ​on top​ ​of​ ​his​ ​wife. Cassio​ ​is​ ​placed​ ​in​ ​charge​ ​of​ ​Iago​ ​and​ ​Lodovico​ ​leaves​ ​to​ ​discuss​ ​this​ ​sad​ ​matter​ ​with​ ​others abroad... ...
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