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!