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.