Othello Characters

Othello a Moorish general in the Venetian army; highly respected; Marries Desdemona; General in Venetian army; at the end of the play he is irrational, jealous, and violent; Convinced by Iago that his wife is unfaithful
Desdemona A Venetian lady; Brabantio’s daughter; refuses to marry wealthy men her father expects her to marry; falls in love with Othello because of the stories he tells; faithful to her husband; she blames herself for Othello’s abuse;
Brabantio A Venetian senator, father of Desdemona; Likes Othello until he “steals” his daughter; Thinks Othello used “magic” on his daughter to get her to fall in love with him; Dies because of shock of his Desdemona’s marriage
Iago Othello’s standard-bearer; Thinks women in general are low and whores; Convinces Othello that Desdemona is unfaithful; manipulative; angry at Othello because Iago thinks Othello slept with Iago’s wife; Ripping off Roderigo because Roderigo wants Iago to buy gifts for Desdemona, but Iago is just keeping the money;
Emilia Iago’s wife and Desdemona’s attendant — they are good friends; they bond over husband-trouble; Emilia takes the handkerchief from Desdemona; She is killed by her husband Iago after she exposes him for his lies; walks in while Othello is killing Desdemona;
Cassio Othello’s second-in-command, or lieutenant; Get promoted to Lutinent in Venetian army, which angers Iago; highly educated but inexperienced in battle; loves Bianca; lightweight (drinking); Iago gets him drunk; ladies man; not guilty of sleeping with Desdemona, but still a jerk to women; sees his mistress (Bianca) as a laughable nuisance;
Roderigo A Venetian gentleman; wealthy and foolish; Hopelessly in love with Desdemona; Thinks that if he buys her gifts, she will fall in love with him; Pays Iago to buy gifts for Desdemona and give them to her; Killed by Iago by being stabbed in the back
Lodovico Venetian gentleman, kinsman to Brabantio; Desdemona’s cousin
Gratiano Venetian gentleman, kinsman to Brabantio; Desdemona’s uncle
Montano an offical in Cyprus; governor of Cyprus before Othello shows up and takes command;
Bianca A woman in Cyprus in love with Cassio; Cassio makes fun of her; Portrayed (by Shakespeare) as sympathetic; prostitute (to show the opposite of Desdemona);
Clown a comic servant to Othello and Desdemona

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