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I. Othello Review: Characters: o o Othello: protagonist;  Moor; General of  Venice armies o Desdemona: daughter  of Brabanzio o Iago: Othello’s ensign;  villain; bitter about not  getting promoted o Michael Cassio:  Othello’s lieutenant;  Young and  inexperienced;  devoted o Emilia: Iago’s wife o Roderigo: Jealous  suitor of Desdemona;  Young, rich, and  foolish o Bianca: courtesan;  loves Cassio o Brabanzio:  Desdemona’s  husband o Duke of Venice:  official authority in  Venice; Reconcile  Othello/Brabanzio o Montano: Governor of  Cyprus before Othello o Clown: Othello’s  servant Plot: 1. Roderigo/Iago xchange; Iago tells Brabanzio, Othello/ Desdemona have fan off
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2. Brabanzio etc. arrive; Duke of Venice summons  Othello; decide to go to the Duke 3. Turks heading to Cyprus; Duke/Othello woos  Desdemona with stories; Off to Cyprus 4. Iago wants revenge; suspects Othello slept with  Amelia; Wants to frame Cassio 5. Iago convinces Cassio to drink; Cassio chases  Roderigo and stabs Montano 6. Iago tells Casio to go to Desdemona; Emilia allows  Casio to come in 7. Desdemona vouches for Cassio; Iago puts suspicion  in Othello;  8. Desdemona looses handkerchief; Emilia picks up;  gives it to Iago; sets up Cassio 9. Iago tells Othello Casio sees Desdemona in his sleep  and he saw the handkerchief 10. Othello asks Desdemona for handkerchief; Cassio  tells Bianca to copy handkerchief 11. Iago talks to Cassio about Bianca but Othello thinks  its Desdemona; Othello snaps 12. Othello accuses Desdemona of cheating;  13. Roderigo tries stabbing Cassio; he is stabbed  instead; Cassio stabbed
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14. Othello stabs Iago; to be put on trial Themes: o Iago is driving force but motives unclear: energetic  villain 1. Othello slept with his wife 2. Bitter about not getting promoted o Iago controls: Cassio, Roderigo, Othello o Othello = Romantic; Iago = Skeptical o Theft Metaphor: Desdemona and the Handkerchief Desdemona is NOT transformed rather her identity is  stolen Stolen when Iago insist that Desdemona has been  stolen Handkerchief: sign of fidelity; passed down in  Othello’s family; handkerchief stolen is her being  stolen by Othello “Theft of Honesty” o Women in those times Desdemona is a property that was stolen Women related to property Halfway passive/Halfway aggressive o Play is not “magical” but practical
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II. King Lear Review: Characters: o o King Lear: aging King  of Britain o Cordelia: Lear’s  youngest daughter;  disowned by Lear o Goneril: Lear’s evil  eldest daughter; Wife  of Duke of Albany;  Like Edmund o Regan: Lear’s Middle  daughter; Wife of  Duke of Cornwall o Gloucester: nobleman  loyal to Lear; Edmund  and Edgar’s father
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