Tell the story of Othello from Othello's point of view.

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Much of the plot of Othello is based on deceit, so Othello himself is not privy to much of what occurs. The character in possession of the most information is actually Iago, the antagonist , who manipulates Othello into believing that Othello's wife, Desdemona, is having an affair with Cassio,...

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Much of the plot of Othello is based on deceit, so Othello himself is not privy to much of what occurs. The character in possession of the most information is actually Iago, the antagonist, who manipulates Othello into believing that Othello's wife, Desdemona, is having an affair with Cassio, one of his disgraced officers.

From Othello's point of view, the revelation that Desdemona was innocent all along is a last-minute twist. At the beginning of the play, Othello is a man confident in his position. Though racially an Other in Venetian society, he is otherwise a Christian convert and so talented a military leader that the Venetian authorities prize his expertise. He is married to Desdemona, even though others doubt the marriage will work because of the age gap and cultural difference between the two of them.

Iago puts doubts into Othello's mind about Desdemona's fidelity, citing her desire to put Cassio back into Othello's favor as proof she is his paramour. The loss of the handkerchief Othello gave her as a love token seals the deal for Othello (in reality, Iago had his wife Emilia take it from Desdemona and then he planted it in Cassio's chamber). The handkerchief, allegedly dyed with virgin's blood and given to Othello by his mother, represents Desdemona's fidelity for Othello, so to see it misplaced and in Cassio's possession is the ultimate insult.

Othello kills Desdemona to avenge his honor, even as she protests her innocence. Then Emilia tells him Iago was behind everything all along. In great remorse, Othello wounds Iago and then kills himself.

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