Study Guide

Othello Characters

By William Shakespeare

Othello

Othello is the first great black protagonist in Western literature... and he's still one of the...

Iago

Iago is one of the most notorious and mysterious villains of all time—it's no accident that...

Desdemona

Desdemona is a beautiful, young, white, Venetian debutante. And she's a total Daddy's girl......

Emilia

You'd be desperate and jaded too if you realized that monogramming "Mrs. Emilia Iago" on all your...

Michael Cassio

When we begin, Cassio is one of Othello's soldiers, recently appointed the general's...

Roderigo

Roderigo is a rich, unintelligent guy who thinks that if he sends Desdemona enough expensive...

Brabantio

Desdemona's father, Brabantio, is a rich and important Venetian politician. He likes Othello and...

Bianca

Bianca is a Venetian courtesan who is in love with Cassio... who in turn sees her as a laughable...

Duke, Senators

The important men in charge of Venice. They think Othello's pretty great—and even that he...

Lodovico

Desdemona's cousin and a member of Venice's diplomatic service, Lodovico arrives in Cyprus just...

Montano

Governor of Cyprus before Othello showed up to take command, Montano ends up getting in a fight...

Gratiano

Desdemona's uncle. He's a wee bit of a jerk: when he finds out that Desdemona is dead, he says...