Cassio in Othello: Character Analysis & Quotes

Cassio in Othello: Character Analysis & Quotes
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Instructor: Shamekia Thomas

Shamekia has taught English at the secondary level and has her doctoral degree in clinical psychology.

Cassio is a minor character who plays a major role in William Shakespeare's ''Othello''. Read this lesson to learn more about Cassio and how his friendly and naive nature makes him a target of manipulation.

Introducing Cassio

Imagine being caught in the middle of a love triangle of which you are unaware. Imagine someone lying about your intentions and your behavior without your knowledge. Imagine losing your job and having your name tarnished because of something you did not do. How would you handle the situation? What would you do to clear your name?

The character Cassio from William Shakespeare's play Othello is faced with this dilemma after an envious man becomes upset over Cassio's new role as a lieutenant. Iago develops a plan to destroy the marriage of his enemy Othello and ruin Cassio's life and reputation in the process. Cassio has no idea he is being targeted and tries to get Desdemona, the wife of his boss, the general Othello, to help him get his job back after he loses it. By seeking the help of the general's wife, Cassio naively plays into Iago's plan to destroy his life.

Character Analysis

Cassio is a soldier in the Venetian army. He is quickly promoted to lieutenant, which is upsetting to Iago, a fellow soldier, who was hoping to be promoted to lieutenant. Cassio is a weak man who does not anticipate the manipulative nature of others. During an encounter with Iago, Cassio does not realize Iago is trying to make him drunk. Cassio drinks openly, gets into a brawl with Roderigo, and stabs Montano, who was trying to help. When Othello finds out about the brawl, Cassio immediately loses his title as lieutenant.

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