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15 Cards in this Set

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: the play’s protagonist and hero; a Christian Moor and general of the armies of Venice; respected by all those around him
: the daughter of the Venetian senator Brabanzio; secretly married to Othello before the play begins; stereotypically pure and meek
Othello’s ensign and the villain of the play; jealous of Cassio who received the title of lieutenant
Othello’s lieutenant; devoted to Othello
Iago’s wife and Desdemona’s attendant
a jealous suitor of Desdemona; convinced that if he gives Iago all of his money, Iago will help him win Desdemona’s hand; kills Cassio after Iago points out that Cassio is another potential rival for Desdemona
A courtesan, or prostitute, in Cyprus; favorite customer is Cassio, who teases her with promises of marriage
Desdemona’s father; Venetian senator
Duke of Venice
the official authority in Venice; has great respect for Othello as a public and military servant; primary role within the play is to reconcile Othello and Brabanzio in Act I, scene iii, and then to send Othello to Cyprus
the governor of Cyprus before Othello
one of Brabanzio’s kinsmen; acts as a messenger from Venice to Cyprus; arrives in Cyprus in Act IV with letters announcing that Othello has been replaced by Cassio as governor
Thou told’st me thou did hold him in thy hate.
Roderigo is talking to Iago about how he thought he was his friend and how he let him spend his money freely. Here, Roderigo says that he though Iago hated “him,” him being Othello.
Despise me if I do not. He, in good time, must his lieutenant be, and I his Moorship’s ancient.
Iago confirms Roderigo’s thinking by saying that he swears that he does hate Othello.
I follow him to serve my turn upon him. We cannot all be masters, nor all masters cannot be truly followed. (page 9)
Iago and Roderigo are talking about Iago’s position as an “Ancient” to Othello. Roderigo suggests that if Iago doesn’t like Othello, then he should quit. However, Iago is quick to explain that he is only serving under Othello to take advantage of him – not everyone can be masters but not all masters can be followed.
Were I the Moor, I would not be Iago.
Iago is talking about if were Othello, he wouldn’t choose Iago (himself) as an Ancient because he is only serving under him to take advantage of him.