Othello: Summary and Analysis


In the opening scene, starts in Venice with Iago, a trooper under Othello’s summon contending with Roderigo, a rich and absurd noble man who wishes to take Othello’s mate, Desmona as his own. Iago clarifies his scorn of Othello for picking Michael Cassio to be his Lieutenant and not him as he anticipated. Iago first asks his companion Roderigo to tell Desdemona’s father Brabantio that his little girl has left to wed Othello, a marriage Brabantio restricts in light of the fact that Othello is a Moor (an African). Brabantio goes up against Othello, and they take their contention to the Duke, who has requested Othello to Cyprus to stop a Turkish attack. Othello clarify how he and Desdemona began to look all starry eyed at one another profoundly regardless of their disparities, the Duke gives Desdemona authorization to go with Othello. When they arrive at Cyprus the remote risk is gone.

Iago convinces Roderigo to captivate Cassio into a road battle and gets Cassio tipsy. Iago has his reprisal on Cassio when Othello strips Cassio of his rank for rowdiness. At that point Iago chooses to make Othello accept his wife is unfaithful. He sways Cassio to ask Desdemona to beg Othello to be restored. Iago recommends to Othello that Desdemona is Cassio’s darling. Trusting Iago and frantic with jealousy, Othello pushes Iago. Othello ask Iago to help him. Iago plants Desdemona’s tissue in Cassio’s room. Cassio offers it to his paramour, Bianca. Othello accepts Bianca’s ownership of the tissue is confirmation that Desdemona and Cassio are beaus. He verbally ill-uses his wife before others, who are stunned at the change in the respectable and influential man.

Iago has controled Roderigo into attempting to slaughter Cassio. The endeavor happens, and Cassio wounds Roderigo; Iago cuts Cassio in the leg. Othello hears Cassio shout out and thinks Iago has executed him. He returns home, prepared to murder Desdemona. In the interim, Iago “discovers” the injured Cassio and blames Bianca for bringing about Cassio’s harm. Iago quietly slaughters Roderigo and sends Emilia (Iago’s wife) to Desdemona with news of what has happened.

1. a. Significant character :

· Othello ( Male )

· Desdemona ( Female )

b. Minor character :

· Iago ( male )

· Duke of Venice ( male )

· Brabantio ( Male )

· Cassio ( Male )

· Roderigo ( Male )

· Emilia ( female )

· Lodovico ( Male )

· Bianca ( Female )



Othello is the Moorish general for whom the play is named. He is a center matured African, who has arrived at the support of Venice in their war against the Turks. While in Venice, he meets and becomes hopelessly enamored with the excellent Desdemona. Against Venetian custom, he decides to steal away with Desdemona and must respond in due order regarding his activity to the Senate. In the meantime, another danger from the Turks implies that the Venetians must send him to Cyprus. At the point when the Senate favors of his marriage, Othello asks that his wife go hand in hand with him to Cyprus on the grounds that he would like to be without her. This appeal uncovers his profound affection for his wife, in spite of the fact that it eventually prompts her demise. From all records, Othello is a bold and solid military man, fit for sparing the Venetians through his cool order. Different characters frequently allude to him as the “honorable” Moor, and there is reference to his regal standing in Africa. As a dark man, Othello is both forcing and outlandish, to the Venetian characters in the play. He is intended to be great also to the audience. Yet the issue of Othello’s race was likely both alluring and disquieting to Elizabethan audiences, as it unquestionably kept on being in the hundreds of years of audiences to come. Like Iago, Othello is a standout amongst the most convoluted of Shakespeare’s characters. He is, from one perspective, an overwhelming hero. Then again, he appears to be supernaturally naïve in his reckless acknowledgement of Iago’s requesting of reality. From one viewpoint, he is a cunning and smart military pioneer. Then again, he has been called idiotic by pundits of the play. From one viewpoint, he is a sentimental and enthusiastic sweetheart. On the other, he is an inhumane killer. These inconsistencies or disagreements in his character are further confounded by the issue of race. It is hard to know simply what Shakespeare planned for his audience to make of Othello. Is Shakespeare crediting Othello’s artlessness to his race? Then again would he say he is proposing that it is a direct result of his race that others decide to corrupt him to such a degree? Is Othello heroic on the grounds that he is dark or despite it?


Desdemona is an affluent, excellent, junior Venetian lady who experiences passionate feelings and afterward absconds with Othello. She is innocent to the methods for the world; be that as it may, she is well talked and certain, as uncovered to her announcements’ with all due respect to the Venetian Senate. Desdemona abandons her home and family behind when she takes after Othello to his posting in Cyprus. Unbeknownst to Desdemona, Iago utilizes her to plot against both Cassio and Othello. In Cyprus, Desdemona takes the a piece of the disfavored Cassio in arguing to her spouse for leniency. This activity, thusly, encourages Othello’s jealousy. Desdemona’s naivety keeps her from seeing that her arguing for Cassio incenses Othello. What’s more, her blameless recklessness with the tissue that Othello has provided for her furnishes Iago with the vehicle he needs to “demonstrate” Desdemona’s treachery to Othello. Desdemona ends up being overcome, cherishing, and self-conciliatory in her last scene. In spite of the fact that she argues for her life as she is, no doubt killed, she keeps on treatting Othello with adoration. In reality, when she rouses quickly in the wake of being covered, she tells Emilia that she has murdered herself and that only she is in charge of her passing. In doing in this way, she tries to spare Othello from the blame of her demise. Notwithstanding, she bites the dust as she tells this lie, an especially alarming minute. From a Catholic viewpoint, in light of the fact that she bites the dust in a state of mortal sin, she yields her unceasing soul in a vain endeavor to spare Othello.


Iago is Othello’s ancient. Iago is ostensibly the most malevolent of all Shakespeare’s lowlifess and, incidentally, maybe the most intriguing character in the standard of Shakespeare’s work. He is convoluted and hard to comprehend in light of the fact that his scorn appears to be so motiveless. Iago is exceptionally shrewd, yet very dangerous character. He easily manipilates each one of those around him to do his offering ( execute Cassio, devastate Othello, dishonor Desmona’s Virtue) by exploiting their trust and utilizing his victimized person inspirations (Roderigo want for Desdemona, Cassio’s yearning tobe restored) and weaknessess (Othello’s pride, cassio’s impeded judgment whilst tipsy), to attain his closures. Maybe the most detestable activity on Iago’s part in the play is not his disloyalty of the various characters yet his refusal to uncover to Othello his inspiration for doing so. At last, Iago performs verbal suicide, declining to talk an alternate word.

Duke of Venice

He sends Othello with his wife Desdemona to Cypress to foil a suspected Turkish intrusion there. At the point when Brabantio tries to have Othello rebuffed for professedly tempting his daugther Desdemona with enchantment, The duke displays his insight, taking in reality by permitting Brabantio, Othello and Dedemona to recount their sides of the story. He later sagaciously advises Brabantio to acknowledge Otello and Desdemona’s marriage.


Brabantio is Desdemona’s father and a Venetian congressperson. An influential man in Venice. Brabantio is exceptionally irate, and additionally the way that his little girl has hitched an outsider and a dark man. At last, in any case, he accuses Desdemona: he cautions Othello that he ought to look to his wife, expressing that her double dealing of her father may forecast a comparative misdirection of her spouse.

Michael Cassio

Cassio is a lieutenant to Othello. A nice looking and fair man, Cassio gets an advancement from Othello that infuriates Iago, starting the activity of the play. Cassio is deceived by Iago into getting to be plastered and striking the legislative leader of Cyprus. This activity prompts his rejection from Othello’s troop and the misfortune of Othello’s love for him. Under Iago’s direction, Cassio endeavors to recover Othello’s support through Desdemona. Notwithstanding, this activity makes Othello exceptionally desirous of Cassio. Also, Cassio’s cooperation with the mistress Bianca further angers Othello. While Cassio is intended to be seen as the honest wronged casualty of Iago’s plots, beyond any doubt he is not able to hold his alcohol, that he takes part in a fight, almost slaughtering a critical man, and that he treats Bianca seriously. At last, Cassio’s notoriety is restored, and he turns into the delegate legislative head of Cyprus.


Emilia is Iago’s wife and Desdemona’s woman in holding up. The two are great companions; yet Iago induces Emilia to take Desdemona’s tissue from her and offer it to him. Emilia does along these lines, yet it appears to be clear that she has no clue about the horrible implications of this demonstration. In the last scenes, when she acknowledges what she has done, she sentences Iago to Othello and uncovers her part in the hanky plot. In this minute, Iago runs her through with his sword, killing her. While Emilia is most likely punishable as far as it matters for her in the plot, her articulate shock at what Iago has done in a few ways excuses her. Her adoration for Desdemona is veritable, and in the event that she had completely comprehended the profundities of her spouse’s villainy, it is doubtful that she would have participated with him. In any case, she pays as far as concerns her in the double dealing with her demise, despite the fact that she bites the dust in a fair admission of her own part, rendering her passing less hazardous than that of Desdemona.


Roderigo is a sidekick of Iago. A rich man of honor, Roderigo is infatuated with Desdemona. Iago utilization Roderigo’s affection for Desdemona as the device through which he picks up both Roderigo’s financing and complicity in his plots. Roderigo is contemptible in the play; he works against especially Cassio in what he supposes is a plot that will at last unite him in marriage with Desdemona. Of every last one of characters in the play, Roderigo is obviously the minimum wise. He plays the piece of the substantial in Iago’s plots. In the wake of deceiving Cassio right on time in the play, he succumbs to Cassio’s sword at the end.


Bianca is a concubine. While some have translated this to mean a whore, it is not clear at all from the content that this is the situation, since just Iago portrays her along these lines. Bianca is a lady with whom Cassio is engaging in extramarital relations. Her criticalness to the play concerns the hanky plot, keeping in mind her part is little, much turns on the scene where Othello watches Cassio and Bianca talking about the tissue.


Lodovico censures Othello for killing his wife Desdemona and going wrong to act like a typical slave not the regarded man. Mindful by nature, he seizes control of occasions in the last scene, taking Othello’s sword from him after he wounds Iago and later places Cassioin charge of abhorrence Iago while he heads abroad to relate the pitiful occasions that happened in Cypress.



Customarily, Othello was read as a useful example about the ruinous nature of the green-looked at creature, jealousy. Unquestionably, the play is loaded with cases of jealousy, each one helping the claustrophobic air of plot and counterplot, all arranged by Iago. Iago himself traits his disdain of Othello to various sorts of jealousy: he is desirous of Michael Cassio on the grounds that he accepts that Cassio has been pushed unreasonably over him and on the grounds that he accepts that Cassio may have engaged in extramarital relations with his wife. Iago is envious of Othello in light of the fact that he accepts that Othello may have had intercourse with his wife and in light of the fact that he says that he cherishes Desdemona himself. It is very nearly as though Iago looks at the different sorts of jealousy he finds in himself with a specific end goal to adventure those jealousies in others. For instance, he first controls Roderigo. Roderigo, in affection with Desdemona, is exceptionally desirous of Othello and by broadening of Cassio. His jealousy makes him a simple hoodwink for Iago’s plotting. In like manner, Bianca is desirous of any lady in whom Cassio may be intrigued, and subsequently she additionally could be controled by Iago. Obviously, the most damaging envious fury that Iago affects is that inside Othello. Iago utilizes his trepidation of cuckoldry as the premise for his plot against Othello. By anticipating his sentiments (and a typical social dread) onto Othello, he can persuade Othello that what he fears most, Desdemona’s treachery, is a reality.

Active Characters : Othello, Iago, Emilia, Lodovico, Bianca

Passive Characters : Duke of Venice, Cassio, Roderigo, Desdemona

·Setting : Venice, Cypruss

Emotional Structure

1. Climbing Action

Iago and Roderigo met, then they illuminate Brabantio, Desdemona’s Father of her Relantionship with Othello

Brabantio gripes to the Duke of Venice that Othello bewiched his dougther and had has done to his reasonable Desdemona

Othello clarifies how he and Desdemona experienced passionate feelings for.

The duke request Othello to Cypruss to battle the turks with Desdemona to Follow.

Iago to control Othello and make he surmise that his wife has been unfaithfull with Cassio

2. Peak

Othello is extremely envious and chooses to execute his wife and requests Iago to slaughter Cassio

Emilia ( Iagos’ wife ) arrives, and clarify that Desdemona’s blamelessness, perceiving that Iago is behind the tragedy.

Iago murder Emilia

Falling Action

Othello is understanding that Desdemona’s blamelessness

And Othello tries to murder Iago yet is incapacitated by Lodovico

· Othello confers cuicide with a knife, holding jis wife’s body in his arms.

3. Calamity

Othello (Hero) and Desdemona (heroin) was died.

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