Gary Taylor, John Jowett, Terri Bourus, and Gabriel Egan (eds), The New Oxford Shakespeare: Modern Critical Edition

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The Roles in the Play

  • othello, the Moor of Venice, a Venetian general

  • desdemona, Othello's wife

  • iago, Othello's ensign

  • emilia, Iago's wife, servant to Desdemona

  • Michael cassio, Othello's lieutenant

  • bianca, in love with Cassio

  • clown, servant in the Othello-Desdemona household

  • Othello's herald

  • Attendants, officers, musicians


  • duke of Venice

  • brabanzio Desdemona's father; a Senator of Venice

  • graziano Brabanzio's brother

  • lodovico kinsman of Brabanzio

  • senators of Venice

  • rodorigo a Venetian gentleman, in love with Desdemona

  • montano Governor of Cyprus

  • A sailor, serving the Venetian senate

  • A messenger

  • gentlemen of Cyprus

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