How does Othello want to be remembered? Lecture on Othello - Othello's Jealousy. Lodovico takes charge, giving Othello's house and property to Gratiano, his next of kin by marriage. In William Shakespeare’s Othello, the characters of Iago, the two-faced character, Cassio, Othello’s lieutenant at the start, and Othello, the “Black Moor” and the protagonist of the play, show just how important one’s reputation can be. Othello loved his wife so much that he couldn’t bear her perceived betrayal. Other Discussion Questions (Back to Top) A critic said: "You could strike out every reference to [Othello's] black skin and the play would be essentially the same. London: MacMillan and Co., 1919. Othello succumbs to Iago's assertions so easily because he is an emotionally weak man. He does this through a series of suggestions and hesitations that entice and implant images into Othello's head that lead him to his own demise. Then he stabs himself, falls onto the bed, and dies. Iago warns Othello about Brabantio’s anger, but Othello is confident in his own strength and in his love for Desdemona…. Act 1, scene 3 The duke and the senators discuss the movements of the Turkish fleet and conclude that its target is, indeed, Cyprus…. He speaks of how he wants to be remembered, then stabs himself, kisses Desdemona, and dies. Unfortunately, he was and is remembered, and he was a person who didn't want to participate in this activity, but he did. Othello doesn’t want to be remembered as an evil murderer. Othello's trouble is that he is an outsider. To others, it can be an illness that they cannot cure. Lodovico questions Othello, gives more proof of Iago's guilt, and announces that Othello will be returned to Venice for trial. A stronger man would ignore Iago and trust in Desdemona, or even take Desdemona's side of the story into account. The character of Othello is comparatively simple, but, as I have dwelt on the prominence of intrigue and accident in the play, it is desirable to show how essentially the success of Iago's plot is connected with this character. Who is the black main character in a play by William Shakespeare? From Shakespearean Tragedy by A. C. Bradley. Othello, watching his world unravel, asks the men to remember him clearly, his good points and his bad, as "one that lov'd not wisely, but too well." ... Because he does not want to end up as the jealous person of the story, he said, “of one not easily jealous”, meaning that if he get jealous it has to be a big deal where everyone easily gets jealous and not only himself. These traits are greatly admired among characters of Othello including Iago who admits that Othello is “of a constant loving, noble nature [and] will prove to Desdemona A most dear husband” (2.1.290-292). 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