Othello

Othello Protagonist General of Venice
Desdemona Wife of Othello Involved inside the triangle of men
Iago -Foil of Othello-Liar, cheat, wants Michael Cassio’s jobHates Othello for his wife sleeping with Othello(not sure about this though stated in book , but not really solved)-Villian
Emilia Iago’s wife and Desdemona’s attendant. A cynical, worldly woman, she is deeply attached to her mistress and distrustful of her husband.
Rodrigo – A jealous suitor of Desdemona. Young, rich, and foolish, Roderigo is convinced that if he gives Iago all of his money, Iago will help him win Desdemona’s hand. Repeatedly frustrated as Othello marries Desdemona and then takes her to Cyprus, Roderigo is ultimately desperate enough to agree to help Iago kill Cassio after Iago points out that Cassio is another potential rival for Desdemona.
Bianca A courtesan, or prostitute, in Cyprus. Bianca’s favorite customer is Cassio, who teases her with promises of marriage.
Brabanzio Desdemona’s father, a somewhat blustering and self-important Venetian senator. As a friend of Othello, Brabanzio feels betrayed when the general marries his daughter in secret.
Lodovico One of Brabanzio’s kinsmen, Lodovico acts as a messenger from Venice to Cyprus. He arrives in Cyprus in Act IV with letters announcing that Othello has been replaced by Cassio as governor.
Montano The governor of Cyprus before Othello. We see him first in Act II, as he recounts the status of the war and awaits the Venetian ships.
Graziano Brabanzio’s kinsman who accompanies Lodovico to Cyprus. Amidst the chaos of the final scene, Graziano mentions that Desdemona’s father has died.
Major symbol -Handkerchief- This handkerchief is passed on to Othello by his mother, and he gives it to Desdemona as a sign of love. Which is stolen from Desdemona by the wife of Iago Emilia, and she gives it to Iago and he is then planning a plan to piss off Othello.
The willow tree Song symbolism #2 The willow song is a reference to the mother of Desdemona. The mother would sing the song before death , as Desdemona does too.
Setting Othello takes place in the land Cyprus, and Venice where in Cyprus problems occur.
Climax Confrontation between Othello, Iago, and Cassio arises and Desdemona is killed by Othello, but Iago is taken prisoner by the new general Cassio ;which is nominated by Othello after he kills himself for the wrong doing.
Resolution Confrontation between Othello, Iago, and Cassio arises and Desdemona is killed by Othello, but Iago is taken prisoner by the new general Cassio ;which is nominated by Othello after he kills himself for the wrong doing.
Themes Marriage secretly behind the father.
Theme 2 Cyprus is where Othello takes Desdemona to spend a great time in, but what happens is a intruder interrupts in the dead of night.
Theme 3 mystery, witchcraft, and voodoo shows how well Othello enchants Desdemona with stories of being a slave , and then becomes a soldier , and after that he is nominated and becomes General.
Literary Criticism This book uses Marxist criticism to enhance the fact that there was poor people living a different way from the rich people.
Feminist Criticism This book enhances the way woman in this time period were able to roam freely, but well or the rich where the woman ruled over the man. Desdemona ruling over General Othello telling him what to do at some point when they are on Cyprus.
Motifs Iago tells Othello to watch out for Jealousy “the green-eyed monster that rules out the worst in men”.
man vs man Because this book is based on both Othello vs other people (Iago/Cassio) Othello must choose to either fight for his way to keep Desdemona or find jealousy to kill her.

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