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Othello

Othello Translation Table of Contents

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Act 1, Scene 1

Iago and Roderigo tell Brabantio that Desdemona has eloped with Othello. Brabantio sends out a search party.

Act 1, Scene 2

It's revealed that Othello has married Desdemona. The Duke calls a war council, which Othello and Brabantio attend.

Act 1, Scene 3

The Turks are attacking Cyprus; the Duke sends Othello to defend the island after dismissing Brabantio's allegations.

Act 2, Scene 1

There has been a storm that stops the Turkish invasion, but the Venetians are safe. Iago plots against Othello.

Act 2, Scene 2

A herald announces a public holiday since the Turkish fleet has been destroyed by the storm.

Act 2, Scene 3

Iago gets Cassio drunk. A fight breaks out and Cassio wounds Montano. Othello enters and demotes Cassio.

Act 3, Scene 1

Cassio comes to ask Emilia if he can see Desdemona, who might speak to Othello on his behalf.

Act 3, Scene 2

Othello dispatches Iago to send letters to his ship's captain and the Venetian senate.

Act 3, Scene 3

Desdemona tries to help Cassio; Iago convinces Othello that she does so out of love. Emilia unknowingly helps Iago.

Act 3, Scene 4

A jealous Othello asks Desdemona where her handkerchief is. Cassio asks Bianca to copy the handkerchief's embroidery.

Act 4, Scene 1

Othello sees Cassio with the handkerchief and falls into a seizure. Othello hits Desdemona in front of courtiers.

Act 4, Scene 2

Othello questions Emilia. He then accuses Desdemona and storms away. Iago is confronted by Roderigo, but wins him over.

Act 4, Scene 3

Othello tells Desdemona to wait for him alone and to dismiss Emilia for the night. Desdemona and Emilia talk candidly.

Act 5, Scene 1

Roderigo fights Cassio and both are injured. Iago kills Roderigo, and seriously injures Cassio. Iago blames Bianca.

Act 5, Scene 2

Othello kills Desdemona. Iago's schemes are revealed; he kills Emilia and is arrested. Othello kills himself.
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About the Translator: Ben Florman

Ben is a co-founder of LitCharts. He holds a BA in English Literature from Harvard University, where as an undergraduate he won the Winthrop Sargent prize for best undergraduate paper on a topic related to Shakespeare.