Othello – Characters, Motifs, Symbols

xenophobia a fear of foreigners or strangers
cuckhold Man whose wife has been unfaithful to him
Roderigo Iago’s “friend” and a former suitor of Desdemona; “I will incontinently drown myself.”
Iago Othello’s ancient or flagbearer; “In following him, I follow but myself.”; “I am not what I am.”;
Michael Cassio Othello’s lieutenant
Brabantio Desdemona’s father and a Venetian Senator; “Look to her, Moor, if thou hast eyes to see. / She has deceived her father, and she may thee.”; “For nature so prepost’rously to err, / Being not deficient, blind, or lame of sense, / Sans witchcraft could not.”
Desdemona Brabantio’s daughter and wife of Othello; “My hearts subdued / Even tot he very quality of my lord.”
Othello honorable military officer and Moor of Venice; becomes Governor of Cyprus; “She loved me for the dangers I had passed, / And I love her that she did pity them.” ; “And little of this great world can I speak.”
Emilia Iago’s wife
Cyprus an island and Venetian colony; the Turkish fleet plans to invade
appearance vs. reality The difference between what something looks like and what it actually is.
passion vs. reason An internal conflict between emotions and intellectual reasoning; the heart vs. the head.
handkerchief a symbol of love, faith, and chastity: “Make it a darling like your precious eye. / To lose ‘t or give ‘t away were such perdition / As nothing else could match.”