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    • A Who’s Who guide toOthelloOthello is one of Shakespeare’stragedies.This mean the hero has a fatalflaw which leads to his downfall.Like Macbeth and Romeo andJuliet, Othello ends with a largebody count!Thursday 6th June
    • Othello• General of the Venice army• Highly respected but not a native –originally from Africa, known as aMoor• Eloquent (Clever speaker) andpowerful figure• A racial and cultural outsider• Before the play starts, has secretlymarried Desdemona – but her fatherdoesn’t know this yet!(Despite his status in the army, being aMoor means he would not approve)
    • Desdemona• New bride of Othello• Young daughter of thepowerful Venice senator(politician) Brabantio• Was seduced by Othello’sheroic war stories• Her handmaid (Emilia) isIago’s wife.
    • Iago• The villain of the play!• Othello’s ensign – a seniorsoldier: Believes he shouldhave been made lieutenant onexperience instead of Cassio.• Hates Othello but the generalconsiders him trustworthy,loyal and honest: Often it isonly the audience who knowthe truth!• Tricks and manipulates many ofthe other characters –including his friend Roderigo!
    • Roderigo• Young, rich and a bit of anidiot!• In love with Desdemona –convinced that if he giveshim all his money, Iago willhelp him win Desdemona’shand (ie. Gullible)• Jealous of Othello havingmarried his dream girl!
    • Michael Cassio• Othello’s lieutenant• Highly educated butyoung andinexperienced inbattle• Cares deeply abouthis reputation• Iago hates Cassio!