STRONG, POSSESSIVE, DEFENSIVE, CARING, INSECURE, COURAGEOUS - A christian Moor. - Protagonist and hero. - Insecure about Desdemona (he thinks she is cheating on him) - Respected by people in Venice (even though he belongs to a different race) - General of the armies of Venice. -Thinks Iago is a trustworthy friend (when he is not). -Confidant in military matters but socially insecure. - Jealous of Desdemona's friendship with Cassio. When needed The Duke and Othello combine their wisdom and power to target a common enemy. "Valiant Othello, we must straight employ you against the general enemy Ottoman
EVIL, MANIPULATIVE, JEALOUS, TWO FACED - He is the villain in the play - He hoped for a promotion bu Othello passed over him in favor of Cassio. - Envious of Othello - He has a grand master plan to kill Othello - He exploits Roderigo, uses him as a source of money and an accomplice to complete his master plan. - He is held responsible for Cassio's, Roderigo's, Desdmona's, Emilia's and Ohello's death. Iago: " I am not what I am". This quote is important as it shows how Iago is two faced and uese Roderigo to plan and execute Othello's downfall
LOYAL, HONEST, BEAUTIFUL, NAIVE, SUBMISSIVE - Othello's wife - She rebels against her father and marries Othello without her father's permission - Epitome of women in the Shakespearean era - Thought as a whore by Othello because Iago convinces Othello that Desdemona is in love with Cassio and that she is cheating Othello. DESDEMONA: "Believe me, I had rather have lost my purse.Full of crusadoes. And, but my noble Moor's true of mind and made of no such baseness.As jealous creatures are, it were enough. To put him to ill thinking." This quote is important as it shows Othello's jealousy when he finds out that Desdemona has lost the handkerchief that he had gifted her.
LOYAL, RESPONSIBLE, TRUSTWORTHY - Desdemona's friend - Othello's lieutenant. However later on in the play, Othello fires him because Cassio cannot handle himself when he is drunk and he starts a fight with Roderigo. Montano gets involved in this fight and Cassio injures Montano. This angers Othello and therefore he fires Cassio. - Iago exploits his weakness (drinking) to ruin Cassio's reputation and to complete his master plan. - Since he is a good friend of Desdemona, he gets Desdemona's help to try and get his job back (But this doesn't work) - He is in love with Bianca. But Othello and Iago think that he is in a relationship with Desdemona. "Reputation, reputation, reputation! O, I have lost my reputation! I have lost the immortal part ofmyself, and what remains is bestial. My reputation Iago, my reputation!
INTELLIGENT, LOYAL, BOLD, FEMINIST -Iago's wife and Desdemona's maid/ companion - She unintentionally helps Iago in his maser plan by stealing the handkerchief from Desdemona - At the end of the play she realises Iago's true intentions and she verbally attacks him for all that he has done. - Betrays her husband at the end of the play by confessing that Iago is behind Othello's and Desdemona's death. However she stays loyal to Desdemona until the end. - She believes most men are foolish, wicked, or perverse. - Iago thinks that Emilia and Othello were in a relationship before- motive behind his master plan. - At the end of the play Iago kills her because she reveals that he is the true villain. "But I do think it is their husbands' faults. If wives do fall. Say that they slack their duties, And pour our treasures into foreign laps;Or else break out in peevish jealousies, Throwing restraint upon us. Or say they strike us,Or scant our former having in despite".
RACIST, ORTHODOX - Influential senator in state of Venice. - Fond of Othello but starts hating him when he realises his daughter has eloped with a Moor. - Desdemona's father. - He think Desdemona is his property and he gets very angry when he elopes with Othello. - Like other people in the play, he is against interracial marriage. - Upset and angry about his daughter's actions, he dies before Othello's and Desdemona's death. Look to her, Moor, if thou hast eyes to see. She has deceived her father, and may thee.