Othello – Characters

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Othello - Characters

The play consists of thirteen characters, namely – Othello, Iago, Desdemona, Cassio, Emilia, Brabantio, Roderigo, Bianca, Duke, Montano, Lodovico, Gratiano, and a Clown. In addition there are attendants, gentlemen, messengers, sailors, and soldiers as well as offstage characters such as the captain, Desdemona’s mother and her maid Barbara.

The following chart summarizes the contributions made by each character to the drama, and how often they appear in scenes.

Character statistics in Othello

NamePercentage of linesNumber of speechesScenes on stage
Iago31%27212
Othello25%27412
Desdemona11%1659
Cassio8%1109
Emilia7%1038
Brabantio4%303
Roderigo3%597
Lodovico2%334
Duke2%251
Montano2%243

Check the following character map of “Othello” to understand the key relationships and actions which prevail in the plot.

ELSL-othello characters

Before going for an in-depth analysis, check the following mugshots of the twelve onstage characters and the key decisions they make throughout the storyline.

ELSL-othello-character-summary
ELSL-Iago character summary
ELSL-Desdemona character summary
ELSL-Cassio character summary
ELSL-Roderigo character summary
ELSL-Brabantio character summary
ELSL-Emilia character summary
ELSL-Bianca character summary
ELSL-Duke character summary
ELSL-Montano character summary
ELSL-Lodovico and Gratiano character summary

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