Othello: The protagonist of the play. Christian Moor and General of the armies of Venice.
Desdemona: Daughter of the Venetian senator Brabanzio. She is secretly married to Othello before the play begins.
Iago: Othello’s ensign and the villain of the play. He despises Othello because he was passed on for promotion to
Emilia: Iago’s wife and Desdemona’s attendant.
Michael Cassio: Othello’s lieutenant. Iago hates his position. He’s young and good looking, which Iago uses to plot jealousy
and hatred in Othello for his wife.
Roderigo: Jealous suitor of Desdemona. Rich and Foolish, he pays Iago to try to get to Desdemona.
Bianca: Prostitute in Cyprus. Her favourite customer is Michael Cassio.
Brabanzio: The senator of Venice, important figure of the city.
Duke of Venice: The official authority in Venice. Plays an important role in reconciling Brabanzio’s relationship with Othello
(Act I, Scene iii) after Brabanzio finds out about Othello’s marriage.
Montano: Governor of Cyprus.
Lodovico and Graziano: Messenger from Venice to Cyprus. Brabanzio’s kinsmen.
Act I Scene I
Play starts off with an argument going on between Iago and Roderigo.
Roderigo has been paying Iago to help him get to Desdemona, no progress made so far.
Iago tells him that Desdemona has married Iago.
Roderigo gets angrier, but Iago says he resents Othello because he wasn’t promoted to Lieutenant.
He tells Roderigo to reach outside Brabanzio’s and tell him that his daughter ran away.
Brabanzio, unconvinced at first, gets serious later and follows Roderigo to Othello’s with his men.
Cassio and his men go to Othello and Iago. He tells Othello that Duke wants him to deal with matter in Cyprus.
Iago says Othello is married, but then Brabanzio and his men appear.
Fight is about to happen, but Othello tells everyone to calm down and give up their swords.
Othello says he’s summoned by the Duke, Brabanzio states he will solve his issue to the Duke as well. Scene III
The Turks are invading Cyprus. This is concerning for the Duke.
Othello, Brabanzio and others show up to the Duke’s. Brabanzio says his daughter has been seduced under magic.
Othello explains his side of the story, telling the Duke that he never used any magic or potions to woo Desdemona.
Duke gets convinced of Othello’s story, Desdemona enters and says she is loyal to Othello and no magic was used.
Brabanzio lets go of this matter and allows them to carry on with state affairs.
Duke wants Othello to go to Cyprus. Desdemona doesn’t want to be with father so she decides to go with Othello.
Everyone leaves, leaving Roderigo and Iago. Roderigo gets frustrated. Iago tells him to follow them to Cyprus.
Soliloquy: Iago reveals his plans; he believes that Othello slept with his wife Emilia.
He further states his intentions, cheating Roderigo of his money, making Othello believe Desdemona’s cheating etc.
Act II Scene I
Montano believes that the Turks drowned because of a storm, Cassio, the first to arrive, confirms this.
The 2 ship arrives, carrying Iago, Roderigo, Desdemona, Emilia. Wife’s worried of Othello, he arrives at the end.
Everyone except Roderigo and Iago celebrate the Turks drowning.
Iago convinces Roderigo that Desdemona will leave Othello and find someone better looking.
He then tells him Cassio is a danger, he is a good friend of Desdemona and may have his intentions of stealing her.
He convinces Roderigo to start up a fight with Cassio. This will help Othello despise Cassio.
Another soliloquy: Iago wants to sleep with Desdemona because he suspects Othello slept with Emilia.
If that doesn’t work out, he will plot jealousy in Othello and drive him mad.
Othello plans to engage in festivities for the evening, because Cyprus is safe from Turks and his marriage.
Othello leaves the festivities with Desdemona to celebrate the wedding night, leaving Cassio on guard.
Iago and Roderigo join Cassio. Iago convinces him to have a drink
Soliloquy: Iago states that Roderigo is drunk, and he will make Cassio do something stupid.
Something happens, Cassio is chasing Roderigo, Montana tries to stop the fight and gets stabbed. Alarm sounds.
Othello shows up, Iago pretends to show pity for Cassio. Othello falls for this, dismisses Cassio of his services.