Othello Summary.docx - Othello Summary Themes Exploration of Jealousy Conspiracy Deception Love Betrayal Irony Racism Class Greed Reputations Characters

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Othello Summary:Themes:Exploration of Jealousy, Conspiracy, Deception, Love, Betrayal, Irony, Racism, Class, Greed, ReputationsCharacters:oOthello: Protagonist; A Christian Moor and General of the Armies of Venice; Eloquent and physically powerful; well respected by his community; easy prey to insecurities because of his race (black), age, or his life as a soldier; has a “free and open nature” that Iago takes advantage of.oDesdemona: Daughter of Venetian senator Brabantio; Secretly married to Othello beforethe play starts; pure and meek but also determined and self-possessed.oIago: The Villain’ Othello’s ensign; constantly sabotages Othello oMichaelCassio: Othello’s Lieutenant; young and inexperienced; resented by Iago; Iago uses his good looks and friendship w/ Desdemona to make Othello think she’s cheating oEmilia: Iago’s wife and Desdemona’s attendant; cynical and worldly, deeply attached to her mistress and distrustful of her husband IagooRoderigo: a jealous suitor of Desdemona; young rich and foolish, believes that if he givesIago all his money, Iago will get Desdemona to marry him.oBianca: a courtesan or prostitute in Cyprus; Cassio is her favorite customer who teases her w/ the promise of marriage. oBrabantio: Desdemona’s father; a Venetian senator; friends w/ Othello but feels betrayed when Othello marries his daughter in secret.oDuke of Venice: The official authority in Venice, respects Othello, reconciles Othello and Brabantio and also sends Othello to Cyprus.oMontano: The governor of Cyprus before Othello, recounts the status of the war and awaits for the Venetian shipsoLoovico: Brabantio’s kinsman who acts as a messenger from Venice to Cyprus; announces to Cyprus that Othello has been replaced by Cassio as governor oGraziano: Brabantio’s kinsman who accompanies Lodovico to Cyprus; mentions that Desdemona’s father (Brabantio) has died in the last scene oClown: Othello’s servant; his short appearances reflect and distort the action and words of the main plots (ex: his pun on “lie” in act III scene iv anticipates Othello’s confusion of two meanings of that word in act IV scene i) Act 1 Scene 1: -Plot:oOpens with Roderigo and Iago talking about a big scandalScandal 1: Othello chose Cassio (a young an inexperienced soldier) for the promotion that Iago was supposed to get. (why Iago hates Othello)Scandal 2: the secret marriage b/w Othello and Desdemona (why Roderigo hatesOthello)oRoderigo has been paying Iago to help set him up w/ DesdemonaoIago talks about 2 types of servants Type 1: obeys his master unconditionally
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Type 2: appears to obey his master unconditionally but is really looking out for himself behind the scenes and will one day be his own master (Iago claims to be type 2, with Othello being his master)oWe find out Othello’s black because Roderigo calls him “Thick-Lips”oRoderigo and Iago walk over to Desdemona’s father’s house to try and turn Brabantio against Othello.
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  • Fall '17
  • Suzanna Rienhart
  • Theatre, Othello, Iago, Michael Cassio

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