Othello Discussion Questions

How would Iago gain from Roderigo’s death? Cassio’s? He wouldn’t have to pay back Roderigo and the lies Iago told Othello would all be safe
What happened when Cassio and Rodrigo fought? Roderigo was stabbed by Cassio and Cassio was wounded from behind by Iago
What did Iago do after he wounded Cassio? He left but came back to help Cassio finish off Rodrigo
How was Desdemona faithful to Othello to the end? She never told him what she knew and she killed herself instead of Othello doing it
What was Emilia’s reaction when Othello told her that Iago had revealed Desdemona’s affair with Cassio to him? She was shocked and didn’t believe it, she thought he was lying
Who told the truth about Iago? Emilia told the truth right before her death
What happened to Othello, Iago and Cassio in the end? Othello killed himself, Cassio became the head leader and Iago was caught, stabbed and thrown in jail
After Iago lied and told Othello that Cassio confessed to going to bed with Desdemona, what advice did he give the overwhelmed Othello? That he should just forget about it and her
How did Iago trick Othello into thinking Cassio was gloating and bragging about his affair with Desdemona? He talked about Bianca in a bad way and made him think that they were talking about Desdemona
Why was Bianca angry with Cassio? She was mad because she found the handkerchief and thought it was given to him my some other women he loved
How did Bianca’s return with the handkerchief help Iago? It helped because then Othello would see it and think that Desdemona would have given it to him
Why did Othello hit Desdemona? She made a remark about Cassio which angered him so badly
What was Ludovico’s reaction to Othello’s behavior toward Desdemona? How did Iago later explain Othello’s behavior to Ludovico? He said that it wouldn’t have been allowed in Venice and he was shocked that he did that he thought that something must be wrong with Othello. Iago said that Othello was losing his mind
Why did Othello ask Emilia about Cassio’s affair with Desdemona, and what was her reply? He asked Emilia because she is close to Desdemona so he thought she would know the answer her reply was that Desdemona was innocent and that she wouldn’t do anything like that
To whom does Desdemona turn to for help after Othello calls her a strumpet? Iago
Why did Iago tell Rodrigo to kill Cassio? Why did Rodrigo consent to think about it? Because having Cassio removed would remove the chance of something messing up Iago’s plan. He agreed because Iago explained how the removal of Cassio would benefit him so that he could get Desdemona
Why didn’t Iago simply tell Othello right away that Desdemona and Cassio were having an affair? That way Othello could come up with it himself and would be more likely to believe it
What thing did Emilia find and give to Iago? What did Iago intend to do with it? She gave him Desdemona’s handkerchief. Iago wanted to plant it in Cassio’s possession to show Othello that Desdemona and Cassio were having an affair
What was Iago’s reply when Othello demanded prof of his wife’s disloyalty?
What did Othello decide and command at the end of scene 3? Iago was to have Cassio killed in 3 days and that Othello would kill Desdemona himself and that Iago would be promoted to lutienant
What was Emilia’s relationship with Iago? Desdemona? She was Iago’s wife she did things for him out of love. She was Desdemona’s servant but also liked her and they were friends
Who has the handkerchief at the end of act 3? Why? Desdemona to Emilia to Iago to Cassio to Bianca
What was Cassio’s opinion of Othello? He thinks that he’s great and admires him. He spoke highly and regarded him highly
How does Iago ‘joke’ with Desdemona and the others? He jokes that women are dumb and will put out for men
What does this further say about him (Iago)?
What plan does Iago have?
Describe and analyze Iago’s soliloquy.
Why is Iago so intent on destruction?
Why are we uneasy that the threat of war is over?
Why does Iago want Cassio drunk?
What is the purpose of yet another soliloquy by Iago?
Show does Othello react in this scene?
Why is there a clown scene here?
How was Iago’s ranking changed?
What was Desdemona’s reaction to Cassio’s talk?
How does Othello react to Desdemona asking him to forgive Cassio?
Discuss the significance of Othello’s soliloquy.
How does Iago’s plan develop? Why is this scene the turning point in the play?

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