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Othello scene summary

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Act I, Scene 1 Iago is deadly jealous because Othello promotes the Florentine Michael Cassio to the position of Othello's personal lieutenant. He and Roderigo, a former suitor of Desdemona, tell Desdemona's father Brabantio of the marriage of her daughter with he moor Othello what makes Brabantio think that Othello uses spells and charms to win Desdemona's favour. Act I, Scene 2 Brabantio and Roderigo arrive at Othello's lodgings where Iago speaks to Othello of Roderigo's harsh words attacking Othello's honor. At the same moment as Brabantio threatens Othello and accuses him of enchanting his daughter with charms and drugs, the Duke of Venice and senators want to meet with Othello regarding news of a Turkish attack on Cyprus. ...read more.


Cassio wounds Roderigo and Montano who was trying to break up the fight. Cassio falls from grace with Othello and demotes Cassio from his position as lieutenant. Iago comforts Cassio by suggesting that he should speak with Desdemona who could put in a good word for him. Act III, Scene 1 Iago's wife, Emilia, tells Cassio that Othello will soon restore him as lieutenant. But nevertheless, Cassio asks to speak Desdemona alone. Act III, Scene 2 Othello plans to walk with others on the fortification of the citadel and asks Iago to deliver letters to the Senate. Act III, Scene 3 Othello is getting eye witness of the meeting of Desdemona and Cassio and so Iago succeeds in convincing Othello that his wife betrays him with Cassio. ...read more.


Desdemona, depressed, recalls a song of a maid who was similarly abused by her husband and sings it. Act V, Scene 1 Iago persuades Roderigo to kill Cassio for him, but he fails only managing to wound him. Cassio strikes back and wounds Roderigo. Iago rushes past unseen and wounds Cassio in the leg. Othelo arrives at this point and watches from a distance and believes that Iago, his good and honest friend, has killed Cassio. Iago finally kills Rodrigo. Act V, Scene 2 Othello returns to the castle to kill his wife. Othelo, who still loves his wife, kisses her awake and after more accusations and denials from Desdemona he finally smothers her to death Emilia tells Othelo the truth about the scheming Iago and the wounded Cassio corroborates her story. Othello wounds Iago, then kills himself. Iago kills Emilia. After Iago is led away, in chains, Cassio becomes governor of Cyprus. ...read more.

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