Summary of othello

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The play opens late at night on a street in Venice. Roderigo, a

wealthy Venetian gentleman, is discussing the marriage of

Desdemona, the daughter of Brabantio. Earlier in the evening,

she had eloped with Othello, a Moor who is a respected General

in the Venetian army. Roderigo is angry with Iago, for he has

paid him a handsome sum to win the love of Desdemona for

himself and to keep him informed of her love life.

Iago, like Roderigo, is a frustrated man. Othello has overlooked

him for a promotion, giving the post of lieutenant to Cassio. Iago

continues only as Othello's standard bearer and an ensign in the

navy. As a result, he has a grudge against both Othello and

Cassio and vows to have revenge upon both of them.

At Iago's suggestion, he and Roderigo go to wake up Brabantio

and tell him about the elopement of his daughter. Iago is very

bawdy in his descriptions. The old Venetian Senator is very

angry that his sleep has been disturbed with such news, but he

searches his house and finds that his daughter is missing.

Coming downstairs, Brabantio is a mess, not thinking clearly and

speaking in half-sentences. He bemoans the fact that he

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