Othello | Study Guide

William Shakespeare

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Timeline of Events

  • Night

    Iago and Roderigo meet and commiserate about Othello.

    Act 1, Scene 1
  • Early morning

    Othello is summoned by the Duke of Venice.

    Act 1, Scene 3
  • That day

    Othello, his soldiers, and Desdemona go to Cyprus.

    Act 2, Scene 1
  • That evening

    Cassio gets drunk at the banquet.

    Act 2, Scene 3
  • Next morning

    Cassio asks Desdemona to appeal to Othello on his behalf.

    Act 3, Scene 3
  • During the day

    Desdemona's handkerchief is lost, found, and given to Iago.

    Act 3, Scene 3
  • Later that day

    Othello questions Desdemona about the handkerchief.

    Act 3, Scene 4
  • After dark

    Roderigo attacks Cassio; Iago wounds Cassio; Iago kills Roderigo.

    Act 5, Scene 1
  • That night

    Othello kills Desdemona; Iago kills Emilia; Othello commits suicide.

    Act 5, Scene 2

Scene Summaries Chart

Scene Summary
Act 1, Scene 1 The play opens on a street in Venice in the latter half of the 16th century; Roderigo is arguing with Iago, an ensign (o... Read More
Act 1, Scene 2 Iago, acting as a "friend" to Othello, warns him an angry Brabantio is on his way. However, Cassio arrives with a messag... Read More
Act 1, Scene 3 The Duke of Venice and his senators are meeting in the middle of the night and trying to figure out what the Turkish arm... Read More
Act 2, Scene 1 Cassio has arrived on the island of Cyprus and is talking to Montano, who was governor of the island before the war. Cas... Read More
Act 2, Scene 2 A short while later, a herald brings a message from Othello. There will be a feast to celebrate the destruction of the T... Read More
Act 2, Scene 3 As the party begins, Iago encourages Cassio to drink wine, hoping to get Cassio drunk so that he gets into trouble with ... Read More
Act 3, Scene 1 Cassio has hired musicians to play in the street near the castle where Othello and Desdemona are staying. But a Clown, O... Read More
Act 3, Scene 2 At the citadel, Othello, Iago, and some gentlemen stroll together. Othello gives Iago some letters to deliver for him, a... Read More
Act 3, Scene 3 Desdemona, Cassio, and Emilia are talking about Cassio's desire that Othello give him his rank back when Iago and Othell... Read More
Act 3, Scene 4 The next time Othello speaks to Desdemona, he becomes angry because she does not have the handkerchief. She doesn't unde... Read More
Act 4, Scene 1 Iago continues to stoke Othello's jealousy. He tells him that Cassio has admitted to an affair with Desdemona. Othello i... Read More
Act 4, Scene 2 Othello, nearly insane with jealousy, aggressively questions Emilia about Desdemona and Cassio's relationship. Emilia ve... Read More
Act 4, Scene 3 That night, Othello tells Desdemona to go to bed, and to send Emilia and her other servants away for the night. As Emili... Read More
Act 5, Scene 1 Meanwhile, in a Cyprus street Iago gives Roderigo a weapon and tells him to wait for Cassio, then kill him. Iago retreat... Read More
Act 5, Scene 2 In her bedroom at the castle, Desdemona sleeps. A candle burns. Othello enters, and speaks of his love for her but also ... Read More
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