Othello Act V, Scenes 1-2 Questions and Answers

William Shakespeare

Act V, Scenes 1-2 Questions and Answers

Study Questions
1. Explain Iago’s attitude toward Roderigo and Cassio.

2. How does Othello come to think that Iago has kept his vow?

3. What function does the presence of Lodovico and Gratiano serve?

4. Why does Iago stab Roderigo?

5. How does Iago cast aside suspicion of his own part in the plot to kill Cassio?

6. When does Othello show a change of heart towards Desdemona?

7. Why does Othello mention the handkerchief so often?

8. Why does Othello kill Desdemona?

9. How are all the plots and schemes revealed at the end of the play?

10. Why does Othello kill himself?

Answers
1. Iago demonstrates a callous attitude toward Roderigo and Cassio. Up to this point, he has used them to achieve his goals, so to him their deaths would be more valuable than their lives. If Roderigo is dead, then Iago would not have to compensate him for the jewels he tricked from him. If Cassio is dead, there is no risk of his being informed about Iago’s plan by Othello.

2. When Othello hears Cassio cry out after being wounded by Iago, he believes that Iago has kept his vow to kill Cassio.

3. Lodovico and Gratiano enter the street at the cries for help. Lodovico’s comment “Let’s think’t unsafe / To come into the cry without more help” suggests the danger that exists. Their presence also provides an “audience”...

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