Othello Act V Quick Summary Essay

Othello Act V Quick Summary Essay
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Othello Act V

1. Iago owes Roderigo a lot of gold and jewels, and so if Roderigo is dead then Iago won’t have to pay it all back. Cassio could possibly find out from Othello what tricks Iago has been up to, and that would make Iago look bad, so it is better for Iago if Cassio is dead.
2. Cassio’s expensive coat protects him from Roderigo’s sword thrust, and he then stabs Roderigo so that he starts to bleed to death. Iago slips in unseen and wounds Iago in the leg from behind.
3. Othello assumes that Roderigo and Cassio have been fighting over Desdemona and that their injuries are caused by each other.
4. Iago starts to suggest that Bianca has something to do with Cassio’s death.
5. Iago wants to Roderigo to be blamed for the attack, and he wants Bianca to be implicated in planning it.
6. Othello mentions the handkerchief, and assumes that Desdemona gave it to him, which would prove their adultery. As her husband he sees this as grounds for murder.
7. Othello smothers Desdemona, because he does not want shed her blood.
8. Desdemona blames herself for her death, but Emilia does not believe her.
9. Desdemona is faithful to Othello to the end, because with her very last words she tells Emilia that she, Desdemona is to blame for her own death, and this would be sufficient testimony to absolve Othello of any guilt. She is trying to protect him from the legal consequences of his actions against her.
10. Emilia acknowledges that she has a duty to obey her husband, but insists that she will not do it right away, because she must tell the truth of what has happened first, out of loyalty to her dead mistress, Desdemona.
11. Emilia cannot quite understand what Othello is talking about at first, and she keeps repeating “my husband?” while she listens to what Othello is saying. As she hears each part of the story, she puts it all together, until she finally realizes what Iago has been plotting, and her own part in that plot by providing the handkerchief. As she realizes all this, she gets more and more angry, and her anger shifts from Othello to Iago.
12. At last Othello is beginning to realize that Iago has been deceiving him, and that he has been a fool to believe his word against Desdemona’s word.
13. Othello attacks Iago because he believes Emilia’s account of what has happened, and sees that Iago has caused all of this mess and destruction with his lies about Desdemona.
14. Othello is sorry to have lost his sword, because it is dishonourable to be without it and he wanted to use it to kill Iago and himself. He uses the second sword to wound Iago.
15. Othello is dead. Iago is wounded by Othello, so he will either die or be taken away to face trial. Cassio takes over the job of Governing Cyprus, which is what was supposed to happen all along.

Proposed Thesis statement for the character study of Othello: Othello’s major failing is that he does not have a Christian sense of right and wrong.

The ending changed my opinion of Othello. I had thought he was a noble person, fighting against prejudice from the Venetians, who made fun of him because of his dark skin and his Moorish religion. But in the end I see that he was actually quite a brutal person, who was too proud to step back and think about what has happened.He is very quick to condemn his wife, and not able to see through the tricks of Iago. This means he is neither as noble, nor as smart, as I thought he was at the beginning.

I am thinking also that so much of this mess has been caused by gossip and hearsay. I think the problem is that Othello is too honest, and too straightforward to get involved in trickery. For him right and wrong are absolutely fixed and clear (the same is true of Desdemona) and this means he cannot detect subtlety. It is an irony that he becomes the beast that everyone said he was all along. The big question is, was that his real nature, or did the evil tricks of Iago make him like that? This is what I will explore in my examination of Othello’s character.