Brabantio (Character Analysis)

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Brabantio is Desdemona's father. A Venetian senator, he is a magnifico, a prominent citizen and landowner in Venice. He charges Othello with...

(The entire section is 353 words.)

Cassio (Character Analysis)

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Cassio is chosen over Iago to be Othello's lieutenant. He is discredited when he participates in a drunken brawl during Othello's wedding...

(The entire section is 393 words.)

Desdemona (Character Analysis)

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Desdemona is the daughter of Brabantio, a man of some reputation in Venice. As such, she is part of the upper class of Venetian society....

(The entire section is 707 words.)

Emilia (Character Analysis)

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Emilia is Iago's wife. She travels to Cyprus with her husband and acts as a waiting woman to Desdemona. She gives Iago Desdemona's...

(The entire section is 347 words.)

Iago (Character Analysis)

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Iago is Othello's ancient, or ensign. When Othello promotes Cassio, Iago feels slighted and plots revenge against them both. He manipulates...

(The entire section is 1157 words.)

Othello (Character Analysis)

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Othello, a Moor, is a general and commander of the Venetian armed forces, and later governor of Cyprus. He secretly weds Desdemona and...

(The entire section is 1545 words.)

Roderigo (Character Analysis)

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Roderigo is a Venetian desperately desiring, but a rejected suitor of Desdemona. He becomes Iago's pawn, wounds and is wounded by Cassio in...

(The entire section is 423 words.)

Other Characters (Descriptions)

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Othello and Desdemona are characters of some stature in the communities of both Venice and Cyprus. In their public...

(The entire section is 1519 words.)