Summary Othello William Shakespeare
Venice. At the house of Senator Brabantzio the Venetian nobleman Rodrigo, unrequitedly in love with the daughter of Senator Desdemona, reproaches his friend Iago for taking the rank of lieutenant from Othello, the noble Moor, the general in the Venetian service. Iago is justified: he himself hates the self-willed African because he, bypassing Iago, a professional military officer, appointed Cassio, a scientist-mathematician, who is younger than Iago for a number of years, as his deputy (lieutenant). Iago intends to take revenge and Othello and Cassio. Having finished the altercations, the friends raise a cry and wake Brabantio. They inform the old man that his only daughter Desdemona fled from Othello. The senator is in despair, he is sure that his child has become a victim of witchcraft. Iago leaves, and Brabantio and Rodrigo go for guard duty to arrest the kidnapper with their help.
With a fake friendliness, Iago hastens to warn Othello,
In the hall of the council there is a commotion. Now and then there are messengers with contradictory news. One thing is clear: the Turkish fleet is going to Cyprus; to master it. Entered Othello Doge announces an urgent appointment: “brave Moor” is sent to fight against the Turks. However, Brabantio accuses the general of attracting Desdemona by the power of sorcery, and she rushed “on the chest of the monster blacker than soot, instilling fear, not love.” Othello asks to be sent for Desdemona and to listen to her, and in the meantime
Residents of Cyprus rejoice: the strongest storm broke Turkish galleys. But the same storm was spread by the sea to the aid of Venetian ships, so Desdemona descends to the shore before her husband. While his ship did not stick, the officers entertained her with chatter. Iago mocks all women: “All of you on a visit – pictures, Ratchets at home, cats – at the stove, Warm innocence with claws, Devil in martyrdom.” And this is even the softest! Desdemona is outraged by his barrack humor, but Cassio stands up for a colleague: Iago is a soldier, “he cuts straight.” Appears Othello. The meeting of the spouses is extraordinarily tender. Before going to bed, the general instructs Cassio and Iago to check the guard. Iago proposes to drink “for the black Othello” and, although Cassio does not tolerate wine well and tries to give up drinking, still solves it. Now the lieutenant is knee-deep, and Rodrigo, trained by Iago, easily provokes him for a quarrel. One of the officers tries to separate them, but Cassio grabs the sword and hurts the unlucky peacekeeper. Iago with the help of Rodrigo raises the alarm. He beats the alarm. Appearing Othello finds out from the “honest Iago” details of the fight, declares that Iago shields his friend Cassio by the kindness of the soul, and removes the lieutenant from office. Cassio sobered up and burned with shame. Iago “from a loving heart” gives him advice: seek reconciliation with Othello through his wife, because she is so magnanimous. Cassio leaves with thanks. He does not remember who watered him, provoked him into a fight and slandered his comrades. Iago is delighted – now Desdemona requests for Cassio will help to denigrate her good name, and he will destroy all his enemies, using their best qualities.
Desdemona promises Cassio his intercession. They are both touched by the kindness of Iago, who is so sincerely experiencing someone else’s misfortune. In the meantime, the “good-natured” had already begun to pour poison into the general’s ears. Othello at first does not even understand why he is being persuaded not to be jealous, then he begins to doubt, and finally asks Iago (“This little crystal honesty…”) to follow Desdemona. He is upset, the entered wife decides that it is a matter of fatigue and headache. She tries to tie the head of the Moor with a handkerchief, but he withdraws, and the handkerchief falls to the ground. He is picked up by the companion of Desdemona Emilia. She wants to please her husband – he long ago asked her to steal a handkerchief, a family heirloom that went to Othello from his mother and gave them Desdemona on her wedding day. Iago praises his wife, but does not tell her why he needed a handkerchief, only tells him to keep quiet.
Exhausted by the jealousy of the Moor, he can not believe in the betrayal of his beloved wife, but is no longer able to get rid of suspicions. He demands from Yago direct evidence of his misfortune and threatens him with terrible pay for slander. Iago plays offended honesty, but “out of friendship” is ready to provide indirect evidence: he himself heard how in a dream Cassio talked about his closeness to the general’s wife, saw him wiping himself with Dezemona’s handkerchief, yes-yes, with that handkerchief. The trusty Moor of this is pretty. He brings a vow of vengeance on his knees. Iago also rushes to his knees. He swears to help the offended Othello. The General gives him three days to kill Cassio. Iago agrees, but hypocritically begs to spare Desdemona. Othello appoints him as his lieutenant.
Desdemona again asks her husband to forgive Cassio, but he does not listen to anything and demands to show a gifted handkerchief that possesses magical properties to preserve the beauty of the proprietress and the love of her chosen one. Realizing that his wife’s handkerchief is not there, he leaves in a fury.
Cassio finds a handkerchief at home with a beautiful pattern and gives it to his girlfriend Bianca, so she copied the embroidery until the owner found it.
Iago, pretending to soothe Othello, manages to bring the Moor to fainting. Then he persuades the general to hide and watch his conversation with Cassio. They will, of course, talk about Desdemona. In fact, he is asking the young man about Bianca. Cassio laughs about this windy girl, Othello, in his hiding place, does not hear half the words and is sure that they laugh at him and his wife. On the misfortune, is Bianca herself and throws a precious scarf in the face of her lover, because this is certainly a gift of some whore! Cassio escapes to reassure the jealous charmer, and Iago continues to inflame the feelings of a duped Moor. He advises to strangle the infidel in bed. Othello agrees. Suddenly comes the envoy of the Senate. This is a relative of Desdemona Lodovico. He brought the order: the general is recalled from Cyprus, he must transfer power to Cassio. Desdemona can not contain joy. But Othello understands it in his own way. He insults his wife and strikes her. The people around are amazed.
In conversation with an eye to eye Desdemona swears to her husband in his innocence, but he only makes sure of her deceit. Othello is beside himself with grief. After dinner in honor of Ludovic, he goes to conduct an honorable guest. To the wife of the Moor orders to release Emilia and to go to bed. That is glad – the husband, it seems, has become softer, but all the same Desdemona is tormented by an incomprehensible melancholy. She always remembers the sad song about the willow heard in her childhood and the unfortunate girl who sang it before her death. Emilia tries to reassure her mistress with her simple everyday wisdom. She believes that it would be better to Desdemona and not to meet in life with Othello. But she loves her husband and could not change it even for “all the treasures of the universe.”
At the instigation of Iago Rodrigo tries to kill Cassio, who returns at night from Bianchi. The shell protects Cassio’s life, he even injures Rodrigo, but Iago, after ambushing, manages to cripple Cassio and finish off Rodrigo. People appear on the street, and Iago tries to send suspicions to the betrayed Bianca, who has come running and lamenting over Cassio, while he utters a mass of sanctimonious maxim.
… Othello kisses Desdemona asleep. He knows that he will go mad, killing his beloved, but sees no other way out. Desdemona wakes up. “Have you prayed before going to sleep, Desdemona?”. The unfortunate is unable to prove her innocence nor convince her husband to take pity. He strangles Desdemona, and then, in order to shorten her torment, stabs him with a dagger. Rushed Emilie (she at first does not see the hostess’s body) informs the general about the wounding of Cassio. Deadly wounded Desdemona manages to shout to Emilia that she dies innocently, but refuses to name the murderer. Othello confesses to Emilia himself: Desdemona was killed for infidelity, deceit and deceit, and her husband Amelia and Othello’s friend “faithful Iago” exposed her betrayal. Emily calls people: “Moor killed his wife!” She understood everything. In the presence of the incoming officers, and also Iago herself, she exposes him and explains Othello a story with a handkerchief. Othello in horror: “How does the sky suffer? What an indescribable villain!” – And trying to kill Iago. But Iago kills his wife and runs away. Despair Othello has no limits, he calls himself a “low killer”, and Desdemona “a girl with an unfortunate star.” When the arrested Iago is introduced, Othello injures him and, after an explanation with Cassio, is killed himself. Before his death, he says that “he was… jealous, but in a storm of feelings he was furious…” and “picked up and threw away his pearl with his own hand.” Everyone pays tribute to the courage of the general and the greatness of his soul. Cassio remains the ruler of Cyprus. He was ordered to judge Iago and commit an excruciating death. But Iago kills his wife and runs away. Despair Othello has no limits, he calls himself a “low killer”, and Desdemona “a girl with an unfortunate star.” When the arrested Iago is introduced, Othello injures him and, after an explanation with Cassio, is killed himself. Before his death, he says that “he was… jealous, but in a storm of feelings he was furious…” and “picked up and threw away his pearl with his own hand.” Everyone pays tribute to the courage of the general and the greatness of his soul. Cassio remains the ruler of Cyprus. He was ordered to judge Iago and commit an excruciating death. But Iago kills his wife and runs away. Despair Othello has no limits, he calls himself a “low killer”, and Desdemona “a girl with an unfortunate star.” When the arrested Iago is introduced, Othello injures him and, after an explanation with Cassio, is killed himself. Before his death, he says that “he was… jealous, but in a storm of feelings he was furious…” and “picked up and threw away his pearl with his own hand.” Everyone pays tribute to the courage of the general and the greatness of his soul. Cassio remains the ruler of Cyprus. He was ordered to judge Iago and commit an excruciating death.