Othello Chapter Summaries

Act I Scene i Iago and Rodrigo get mad at Othello so they tell Barbantio that his daughter is married to Othello.
Act I Scene ii Barbantio arrests Othello.
Act I Scene iii The Duke finds out that the Turkish fleet is heading towards Rhodes not Cyprus
Act II Scene i Roderigo wants to kill himself because he can’t have Desdemona to himself. Iago tells Roderigo to become very rich so he can win Desdemona’s heart.
Act II Scene ii Scene exists to advance the story; the Herald tells the city of Cyprus to celebrate.
Act II Scene iii Iago gets Cassio drunk so that he woud do something to lose his position. Cassio stabs Montano, causing Othello to fire him from his lieutenancy.
Act III Scene i In an effort to win Othello’s good graces, Cassio sends musicians to play music beneath the general’s window.
Act III Scene ii Othello gives Iago some letters to deliver and decides to take a look at the town’s fortification.
Act III Scene iii Alone with Othello, Iago begins his insinuations of an affair between Cassio and Desdemona.
Act III Scene iv Desdemona wonders to Emilia where her handkerchief might be. Othello enters and tells Desdemona to give him her hand. She does so, and he chastises her for her hand’s moistness, which suggests sexual promiscuity.
Act IV Scene i Iago goads Othello by arguing that it is no crime for a woman to be naked with a man, if nothing happens. Iago then remarks that if he were to give his wife a handkerchief, it would be hers to do as she wished with it.
Act IV Scene ii Othello interrogates Emilia about Desdemona’s behavior, but Emilia insists that Desdemona has done nothing suspicious. Othello tells Emilia to summon Desdemona, implying while Emilia is gone that she is a “bawd,” or female pimp
Act IV Scene iii After dinner, Othello proposes to walk with Lodovico, and sends Desdemona to bed, telling her that he will be with her shortly and that she should dismiss Emilia.
Act V Scene i Roderigo and Cassio get stabbed and die
Act V Scene ii Othello kills Desdemona, but then Emilia explains to Othello and then Othello stabbed Iago and Iago stabbed Emilia and then Othello killed himself and Cassio took over.

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