At the start, there is lots of characters but at the end it's just Othello and Desdemona. What does this tell us about the stage craft and language? How does Othello's language change throughout the play?

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Othello Act V begins like the play began: at night, with Iago spying.  In Act I, he used words as weapons, but here in Act V Iago uses literal weapons to do away with his pawn Roderigo and enemy Cassio.

In scene ii, we enter Othello's bed chamber.  For Elizabethan audiences, showing a bed on stage was very taboo--it had never been done before.  Earlier, the bed was supposed to be a bed of love (eros), but it turns into a bed of death (theros).

Othello's language in Act I scored him victory in the Venetian court.  But here in the chaos of Cyprus, he loses his tongue.  So, his public discourse is rousing, but his private language is full of vanity, jealousy, and misogyny.  Enraged, he resorts to monosyllabic words: "O! O! O!"

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