othello characters and setting

othello
noble protagonist, from north africa, soldier, hamartia leads to tragic fall, married to desdemona, will kill himself when realising his mistake.
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desdemona
starts as bold in marrying older, black othello, ends by being a victim of abuse, obedient to othello, young, white, virginal. killed by othello.
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iago
tragic villain, manipulates othello to get a higher rank of lieutenant, not nice to his wife, sexist, racist, just a bad guy. after plan unfolds, imprisoned.
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emilia
iago's wife, eventually killed by iago for telling the truth, desdemona's friend and lady-in-waiting, kinda feminist but not really.
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roderigo
gullible young venetian who is in love with desdemona, manipulated by iago to make many mistakes which ends up in his murder by cassio and iago.
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cassio
othello's lieutenant and friend; loyal and respectful, sexist towards any woman who isn't virginal, likes drink and sex. becomes governor of cyprus.
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bianca
a prostitute who is in love with cassio
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lodovico
desdemona's cousin from venice, noble and closes play.
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brabantio
desdemona's father and othello's friend (at first) until finding out about their secret marriage; says some racist things but gives them their blessing after visiting the duke
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the duke of venice
leader of venice, not racist.
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montano
governor of cyprus, wounded in cassio and roderigo's brawl, friend of othello.
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gratiano
desdemona's uncle, brings news of brabantio's death, witness to chaotic ending.
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clown
othello's servant; comic relief of play
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venice setting
structured, ordered, hierarchy, lawful, calm. othello is the only person of colour. known for prostitution.
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cyprus setting
belongs to venus (island of love), away from civility and rationality, susceptible to chaos, desdemona vulnerable without support system in venice. cypriots not white.
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Card 2

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desdemona

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starts as bold in marrying older, black othello, ends by being a victim of abuse, obedient to othello, young, white, virginal. killed by othello.

Card 3

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iago

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Card 4

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emilia

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Card 5

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roderigo

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