Cassio, who has arrived, sings Desdemona's praises. Desdemona is in bed when Othello enters. While on watch together, Iago convinces Cassio to drink, knowing he can't hold his liquor. He uses dramatic irony as a technique to reach his audience and clarify when the deception begins. In effect, he is defining himself as both an insider and an outsider, someone who defended Venice but was nevertheless seen as both a possible enemy and an animal by other Venetians. Othello is implacable, though, and smothers Desdemona with a pillow. Othello asks what Iago means by such a statement.
He visited the court of Queen Elizabeth, and sat for a portrait. Desdemona might be a more central figure, but Emilia is the play's conscience; she makes Othello finally feel remorse for his act, and undoes some of the damage that Iago's allegations wrought, which not even Desdemona was able to allay. With no reason to suspect Iago of bad intentions, Othello begins to watch his wife. Iago attempts to silence Emilia, who realizes what Iago has done. Desdemona begins to weep, which only infuriates Othello since he believes that she is crying for Cassio. They duel until Othello rushes in and demands that they stop. Cassio seems to have been kept alive merely to testify about his part in this whole debacle; and Lodovico and Gratiano are conveniently there as witnesses of the Venetian state, with Montano representing the law and order of Cyprus.
Othello, facing the inevitability of his own trial, uses a hidden weapon to commit suicide. In a moment of brilliant dramatic irony, Desdemona innocently professes her undying support for Cassio: Assure thee If I do vow a friendship, I'll perform it To the last article. This is involving exaggeration, to both flatter and thank Iago for aiding him in finding a way to talk to Desdemona and win his lieutenant position back. Emilia tells Cassio that she can arrange a meeting with Desdemona. Roderigo has paid Iago a considerable sum of money to spy on Othello for him, since he wishes to take Othello's girlfriend, Desdemona as his own. Iago kills Emilia and flees, but he is caught by Lodovico and Montano, who return holding Iago captive. Othello sees his smiles and laughter but cannot hear the details and believes he is joking about how much Desdemona loves him.
He knows Senator Brabanzio, Desdemona's father, will dislike having Othello as a son-in-law. He also knows that Roderigo lusts after Desdemona, so Iago manipulates him into alerting Venice. Iago is taken into custody by the Venetian authorities. In the uproar, Iago stabs Emilia and flees. Iago and Cassio enter and Cassio asks Desdemona if she continues to plead his case before Othello, and she admits that she cannot because she too has fallen out of favour with her husband.
The Duke orders Othello to Cypress to fight the Turks, with Desdemona to follow, accompanied by the trusted Iago. Then he will have a clear avenue to his love. Iago sends Roderigo to raise alarm in the town. Desdemona pleads her innocence, telling Othello to bring Cassio over to prove she did not give away her handkerchief. Othello Summary is divided by the five acts of the play and is an an ideal introduction before reading the original text. Joseph Ward May 31, 2014; Christine McKeever ed. But Roderigo has just learned that Desdemona has married Othello, a general whom Iago begrudgingly serves as ensign.
Cassio arrives with news that the Duke requires Othello at an urgent war meeting. Once Othello recovers, Iago tells him of the meeting he has planned with Cassio. Theresult is a movie that will not give its viewers much of an idea of theShakespeare play, and may inadvertently give them other ideas, aboutinterracial love, that were not much on Shakespeare's mind. Iago has profited from good luck and good organization to achieve almost complete power over Othello. When Desdemona denies giving Cassio the handkerchief, Othello tells her that Cassio has confessed to sleeping with her and, in punishment, has been killed by Iago. A trumpet sounds and to everyone's relief Othello enters. He struggles with Desdemona as she begs to be first banished instead of killed and then allowed to live just a few minutes more.
Iago pledges to kill Cassio. Still, even after the murder is exposed, Othello cannot let go of the idea that Desdemona really did cheat on him; but his fixation on the handkerchief is ended when Emilia reveals how the token was used to make him believe in the affair. Desdemona immediately and enthusiastically begins to beg Othello to pardon Cassio, as she promised, and will not stop her pleading until Othello, preoccupied with other thoughts, agrees. Left alone onstage with the bodies of the two women, Othello searches for another sword. Realizing that he plans to murder her, Desdemona protests her innocence of any wrongdoing. Iago takes a great risk with this maneuver, as he has no way of controlling completely what Cassio might say or how much Othello actually overhears.
Take note, take note, O world, to be direct and honest is not safe. Desdemona and Emilia talk about infidelity. Othello stabs Iago when he is brought back in; Othello then tells all present to remember him how he is, and kills himself. Desdemona is shaken with fear for her husband, but, much like her warrior husband, she is brave and steady, and keeps her worry to herself. Desdemona appears with Lodovico, her kinsman, who brings word from the Duke that Othello must return to Venice and that Cassio will be placed in charge of the soldiers in Cyprus. Nonetheless, Hugo is seen as a trustworthy friend by both Odin and Michael.