Who’s Who in Othello



Othello—a moor—a black African of royal blood and renowned military skill--he serves Venice (a powerful city-state—think “country”) as military commander.


Desdemona—wife of Othello, daughter of Brabantio


Cassio—Othello’s military second-in-command—his lieutenant


Iago—Othello’s military third-in-command—his ensign or ancient


Emelia—Iago’s wife, friend/help-maid of Desdemona


Roderigo—a gentleman with hopes of winning Desdemona’s heart


Bianca—Cassio’s mistress


Brabantio—a nobleman and leader in Venice, politically powerful, father of Desdemona


Grantiano, Lodovico, Montano—a noblemen