Othello Study Guide

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What is Iago’s complaint in scene 1?
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he was mad because he didnt get a promotion
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Who was Brabantio, and why did Iago and Roderigo awaken him in the middle of the night?
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brabantio- desdemonas father, and they wanted to tell him about othello and desdemonas marriage.
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why did iago leave roderigo at brabantio’s house?
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he didnt want othello to know he was involved
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what was brabantio;s reaction to othello’s marrige to desdemona
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she thought that she was forced to marry him
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why did the duke send for othello
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there was war taking place and he needed his help
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brabantio complains to the duke about othello’s marriage to desdemona. after listening to both sides of the story, what is the dukes reply
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“I think this tale would win my daughter too”.
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what was roderigo’s complaint, and what was Iago’s reply for it.
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roderigo wanted desdemona also, and Iagos reply was to get over it
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why did Iago want roderigo to anger cassio
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he didnt want cassio to have his position
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what was the purpose of iagos plan
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he wanted to get revenge on othello for not giving him his rightful promotion
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why did iago want cassio to drink more wine
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he wanted cassio to be drunk when roderigo came to talk to him later
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what lie did iago tell montano about cassio
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he said that cassio had a drinking problem
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why did othello strip cassio of his rank
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he thought that he wasnt fit for his position, he wasnt responsible
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why did Iago want cassio to ask desdemona for help in restoring, othellos faith in cassio
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because if desdemona and cassio are together then Iago can say something and have something to work with when they are together
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why didnt iago simply tell othello right away that desdemona and cassio were having an affair
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to plant the seed of dought
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what thing did emilia find and give to Iago? what did Iagos intend to do with it
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Handkerchief Give it to Cassio to plant in his apartment
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what is iagos reply when othello demanded proof of his wife’s disloyalty
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He spoke to soon and it might not be true Saw him wipe handerkerchief and heard him talk about Desdemona in his sleep
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what did othello decide and command at the end of scene3
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Kill Cassio and Desdemona Iago as new lietentent
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what was emilias relationship with iago? desdemona?
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Iago- wife who treats her badly but still tries to please him Desdemona- “maid”
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who had the handkerchief at the end of act 3? why?
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Bianca- the prostitute which means white in spanish which means pureity but yet shes a prostitute Cassio gave it to her
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after iago lied and told othello that cassio confessed going to bed with desdemona, what advise did he give the overwhelmed othello?
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To kill Desdemona and he will take care of Cassio
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how did iago trick othello into thinking cassio was gloating and bragged about his affair with desdemona
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Iago makes Cassio talk about Bianca so it looks like Cassio is talking about Desdemona
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why was bianca angry with cassio
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She thinks Cassio has been unfaithful
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how did biancas return with the handkerchief help iago
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It shows Othello that Bianca as the Handkerchief that she received from Cassio
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why did othello his desdemona
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Because she unknowingly says something that makes Othello believe that she is having an affair with Cassio
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what was lodovico’s reactionreaction to othelo;s behavor towards desdemona?how did iago explain othellos behavor to lodovico
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Lodovico is very surprised that the noble Othello hit Desdemona. Iago explains to Lodovico that Othello’s behavior is actually much worse than that
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why did othello ask emilia bout cassios affair with desdemona, and what was her reply
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Because Emilia is always with Desdemona and her reply is that Desdemona will never be unfaithful to Othello
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to whom does desdemona turn for help after othello calls her a strumpet
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Iago
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why did iago tell roderigo to kill cassio? why did roderigo consent to it?
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Because Venice made cassio governor…Roderigo consents to think about it because he is desperate to get to Desdemona
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how could iago gain from roderigo’s death? cassio’s
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nothing could be traced back to him if he were dead
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what happened when cassio and roderigo in the fight?
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cassio gets wounded, roderigo is also wounded
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what did iago do after he wounded cassio
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He runs away

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