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The scene starts on a street in Venice. Roderigo is upset with Iago for not warning him earlier about Othello and Desdemona's elopement. The Duke informs Othello and Cassio that they must travel to Cyprus. Meanwhile, Iago plots against Othello by telling him Desdemona is having an affair with Cassio.
In celebration of The Turks' defeat, a party is thrown. Iago gets Cassio drunk and Roderigo starts a fight with Cassio. Othello arrives and demotes Cassio. Cassio is mortified. This provides the perfect opportunity for Iago. Iago convinces Cassio that he should ask Desdemona to plead his case to Othello
Act 5 (Scene 1)
Iago informs Othello that Cassio has "lain" with Desdemona. Othello is infuriated. Later on, Iago makes sure Othello overhears him joking with Cassio about Bianca, however, Othello thinks they are talking about Cassio's affair with Desdemona. Bianca hurls the handkercheif at Cassio, thinking he gave it to someone else. Othello recognizes it as the present he gave to Desdemona, and plots to kill her.
Act 5 (Scene 2)
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