Othello



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Bianca (1)Bianca is Michael Cassio's mistress in Othello.
BrabantioBrabantio is the father of Desdemona, in Othello.
CassioMichael Cassio is a lieutenant in Othello. Iago persuades Othello that Cassio is having an affair with Othello's wife, Desdemona.
Clown (4)The Clown appears briefly to make fun of the musicians, and later to banter with Desdemona, in Othello.
DesdemonaDesdemona is the protagonist's wife in Othello. He strangles her, in the mistaken belief that she is unfaithful.
Duke of VeniceThe Duke of Venice hears Brabantio's complaint against Othello in Othello.
Emilia (1)Emilia is the wife of Iago in Othello. She steals Desdemona's handkerchief for Iago. At the end of the play - too late to save Desdemona - she realises Iago's villainy, and exposes him, but is then murdered by him.
First Gentleman (5)Four gentlemen, with Montano, witness the dispersal of the Turkish fleet and Othello's arrival at Cyprus in Othello.
First Musician (1)Several musicians, one of whom is a speaking role, are made fun of by the clown in Othello.
First Officer (2)First Officer attends the Venetian Senate in Othello.
First Senator (3)Several Senators, two of which are speaking roles, hear Brabantio's complaint against Othello, in Othello.
Fourth GentlemanFour gentlemen, with Montano, witness the dispersal of the Turkish fleet and Othello's arrival at Cyprus in Othello.
Gentleman (5)Four gentlemen, with Montano, witness the dispersal of the Turkish fleet and Othello's arrival at Cyprus in Othello.
Gratiano (1)Gratiano is Brabantio's brother in Othello.
Herald (5)A Herald announces victory celebrations in Othello.
IagoIago is the villain (and the main character, measured by the number of lines spoken) of Othello.
LodovicoLodovico is a kinsman of Brabantio in Othello.
Messenger (18)A messenger brings news of a Turkish fleet to the Venetian Senate, in Othello.
MontanoMontano is the Governor of Cyprus in Othello.
Othello (character)Othello is the title character of Othello. A Moorish general in the Venetian army, he is persuaded by Iago that his wife Desdemona is having an affair with Michael Cassio.
RoderigoRoderigo is a gentleman suitor to Desdemona in Othello. He is gulled by Iago throughout the play, and eventually Iago murders him.
Sailor (2)A sailor brings news of a Turkish fleet to the Venetian Senate, in Othello.
Second Gentleman (6)Four gentlemen, with Montano, witness the dispersal of the Turkish fleet and Othello's arrival at Cyprus in Othello.
Second Senator (3)Several Senators, two of which are speaking roles, hear Brabantio's complaint against Othello, in Othello.
Third Gentleman (2)Four gentlemen, with Montano, witness the dispersal of the Turkish fleet and Othello's arrival at Cyprus in Othello.


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