Othello, The Moor of Venice Characters Study


The protagonist and hero of the play. A Christian Moor, general of the armies of Venice, Othello is an eloquent and physically powerful figure, respected by all those around him. Despite his high status, it nevertheless easy prey to insecurity because of his age, his life as a soldier, and his race. It has a “free and open nature” according to its banner uses Iago to twist his love for his wife, Desdemona, in a powerful and destructive jealousy.

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She is Daughter of Venetian senator Brabanzio. Desdemona and Othello are secretly married before the play begins. While in many ways stereotypically pure and meek, Desdemona is also determined and self-possessed. She is equally capable of defending her marriage, jesting bawdily with Iago, and responding with dignity to Othello’s incomprehensible jealousy.

Iago: Othello lieutenant (also known as the work of antiquity, or the airline), and to play a villain. Iago is 28 years old. Even if his apparent reason for wanting the death of Othello is that he was overlooked for promotion, the lieutenant, Iago, the motivations are never very clear, and seem to be derived from an obsessive, almost aesthetic pleasure manipulation and destruction.

Michael Cassio: lieutenant of Othello. Cassio is a young and inexperienced soldier, whose main function is much resented by Iago. Truly devoted to Othello, Cassio is very involved in shame after a drunken brawl in Cyprus and losing his place as lieutenant. Iago uses Cassio’s youth, good looks, and friendship with Desdemona to Othello Desdemona to play on the fidelity of uncertainty.

Emilia: Wife of Iago and Desdemona’s attendant. A cynic, a worldly woman, she is deeply committed to her lover and her husband suspected.

Roderigo: Desdemona is jealous suitor. Young, rich and foolish, Roderigo is convinced that if he gives all his money Iago, Iago will help him win the hand of Desdemona. Repeatedly frustrated as Othello marries Desdemona, and then the door to Cyprus, Roderigo is finally desperate enough to agree to help Iago kill Cassio after Iago that Cassio points is another potential competitor is the Desdemona.

Bianca: A courtesan, or prostitute, in Cyprus. Customer favorite is Bianca Cassio, who teases her with promises of marriage.

Brabantio: Father of Desdemona, a little; impetuous and self-important Venetian senator. As a friend of Othello, Brabantio feel betrayed when the general’s daughter secretly married.

Duke of Venice:  Venice official authority, the Duke has a great respect for Othello as a civil servant and military. Its main role in the drama is to reconcile and Brabanzio Othello in Act I, Scene III, then send Othello in Cyprus.

Montano:  The governor of Cyprus before Othello. First seen in Act II, indicates the state of war and waiting for Venetian ships.

Ludovic:  Ludovic brothers Brabanzio acts as a messenger from Venice to Cyprus. He arrived in Cyprus in Act IV with letters announcing that Othello has been replaced by Cassio as governor.

Graziano: Relative Brabantio, Lodovico, which is associated with Cyprus. In the chaos in the final scene, Graziano says the father of the death of Desdemona.

Clown: Servant of Othello. Although the clown appears in two short scenes, his appearances reflect and distort the actions and words of the main plots: his puns on the word lie; in Act III, Scene IV, for example, to anticipate the confusion the two meanings of the word Othello in Act IV, Scene I.

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