Othello Questions: Act 4 and 5
After Iago lied and told Othello that Cassio confessed to going to bed with Desdemona, what advice did he give the overwhelmed Othello?
He told Othello to forget about it, not to act rashly, and try to protect his own reputation; he also said that many women end up in beds where they don’t belong.
How did Iago trick Othello into thinking Cassio was gloating and bragging about his affair with Desdemona?
He said he would ask Cassio about his affair with Desdemona, but instead of questioning Cassio about Desdemona, he asks about his relationship with Bianca; Othello overheard and was filled with rage and jealousy.
Why was Bianca angry with Cassio?
She loved him and thought that some other woman had given him the handkerchief as a gift.
How did Bianca’s return with the handkerchief help Iago?
It made things appear to Othello as though all Iago had said was true; that Desdemona had given it to Cassio, and that Cassio had in turn given it to a prostitute.
Why did Othello hit Desdemona?
She, in his eyes, had openly admitted to her love for Cassio; he was enraged.
What was Lodovico’s reaction to Othello’s behaviot towards Desdemona? How did Iago later explain Othello’s behavior to Lodovico?
He was shocked, saying that Othello’s behavior would not be believed in Venice; Iago says that Lodovico should observe Othello himself.
Why did Othello ask Emilia about Cassio’s affair with Desdemona, and what was her reply?
He was still looking for truth and proof; Emilia claimed that Desdemona was innocent.
To whom does Desdemona turn to for help after Othello calls her a strumpet?
Why did Iago tell Roderigo to kill Cassio? Why did Roderigo consent to think about it?
Removing Cassio would make things simpler and would serve as “sweet revenge” for Roderigo; he agrees because Iago convinces him that if he kills Cassio, he will be able to have Desdemona.
How would Iago gain from Roderigo’s death? Cassio’s?
Rodergio’s death would prevent anyone from ever learning of Iago’s lies.
What happened when Cassio and Roderigo fought?
Roderigo was wounded by Cassio; Cassio was wounded from behind by Iago.
What did Iago do after he wounded Cassio?
He left, but he returned later to “help” Cassio and finish off Roderigo who had been identified as one of the attackers.
How was Desdemona faithful to Othello until the end?
He took that fall for Othello, claiming that she killed herself, not Othello.
What was Emilia’s reaction when Othello told her that Iago had revealed Desdemona’s affair with Cassio to him?
She was shocked and amazed; she couldn’t believe that her husband was capable of something this evil.
Who told the truth about Iago?
Emilia told what she had figured out about the situation on her deathbed; Iago confessed out of self-admiration and guilt; and letters were found in Roderigo’s pockets pertaining to and supporting the accusations against Iago.
What happed to Othello, Iago, and Cassio?
Othello stabbed himself, Iago was stabbed and then was put in jail, his fate left to be determined by Cassio; Cassio was appointed “Lord Governor”.
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