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An idiot's guide to
Act 5 Scene 2

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Summary of Key
Othello goes to his chamber and questions Desdemona
about her affair with Cassio.

She denies it and asks for Cassio to come to prove it.
Othello then tells her that he is dead. Desdemona's
mourning for Cassio leads to Othello telling her is going
to kill…

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Iago's plan begins to unravel and Othello tries to stab
Iago, who avoids it and stabs Emilia in the process, then
running away.

Emilia lies next to Desdemona and dies. In her dying
breath, she tells Othello that Desdemona was pure and
faithful to him.

Othello realizes what he has…

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Language Analysis

Othello's language becomes the way that he was
described to be at the beginning of the play. He is
described as being animalistic, violent and aggressive. An
example of this is `had all his hairs been lives, my great
revenge had stomach for them all'

Othello does…

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The themes that are associated with Desdemona are;
love, betrayal, innocence, religion.

Desdemona's final words are: nobody: I myself, farewell:
Commend me to my kind Lord: Oh farewell.


Iago uses the same sort of language which has been
used by him throughout the play. And is still the same…

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A list of important

`Yet she must die, else she'll betray more men' (page

`Put out thy light' (page 125)

`Had all his hairs been lives, my great revenge had
stomach for them all' (page 127)

`Out strumpet: weep'st though for him to my face?
(Page 127)…

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`Then murther's out of tune, and sweet revenge grows
harsh' (page 129)

`She's like a liar gone to burning hell, `twas I that kill'd
her' (page 129)

`I kiss'd thee, ere I kill'd thee: No way but this killing
myself, to die upon a kiss' (page 138)

`She was false…

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`A guiltless death I die'

`Some bloody passion shakes your very frame' (page

`Kill me tomorrow, let me live tonight' (page 127)


`I charge you to get home' (page 131)

`Villainous whore' (page 132)

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Evaluation of the
The ending of this play seems to be too dramatic in
contrast to the rest of the play. Throughout Othello the
action is at a slow pace, however during the final scene
3 people die. This is quite shocking as the audience
doesn't expect so many…


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