Othello 4


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  • Act Four Scene One: Othello and Iago discuss Desdemona. Othello is obsessed with the handkerchief and what it represents. Othello is incensed at the thought of her infidelity, speaks madly, and falls into a trance. Iago celebrates this.
  • Act Four Scene One: Othello awakens. Iago orders him to withdraw and hide. Cassio enters and Iago asks him about Bianca, knowing Cassio will laugh and speak of love. Othello hears and assumes he is speaking of Desdemona. Cassio jokes about not marrying Bianca and Othello is incensed. Bianca arrives and throws the handkerchief at Cassio, angered that it belongs to another woman, Othello sees this.
  • Act Four Scene One: Othello has resolved to kill Cassio and Desdemona. Lodovico arrives and are shocked by Othello's madness, especially when he strikes Desdemona.
  • Act Four Scene Two: Othello questions Emilia but she claims Desdemona is innocent. Desdemona swears she is true, Othello doesn't believe her. She is shocked and asks Emilia to lay out her wedding sheets and bring Othello to her. Iago arrives and consoles them both. Desdemona asks his advice and he says it is the pressure of Othello's position.
  • Act Four Scene Two: Roderigo is angry as he begins to realise he is being made a fool of. He threatens to speak to Desdemona directly and if she says no to ask for his jewels, which Iago has kept. Iago claims he can give him Desdemona the very next night. If Roderigo murders Cassio.
  • Act Four Scene Three: Othello orders Desdemona to bed. Desdemona speaks to Emilia of a maid who was deserted by her lover and dies singing a song. Desdemona sings the song. They discuss infidelity.
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