Othello commits suicide at the conclusion of the play. The character strikes himself with a knife out of an immense sense of guilt. Jealousy was the cause for his death, and as a consequence, he murdered his wife Desdemona incorrectly.
In act 5 of Shakespeare’s Othello, the death of Othello and Desdemona is a major event. The main character goes through a period of uncertainty and suspicion. He suspects that Desdemona is secretly linked to Cassio as a result of Iago’s allegations. This eventually leads to him losing his sanity due to jealousy.
As a consequence, Othello kills Desdemona only to learn that the accusations were false.Unable to take on the responsibility for his actions, Othello commits suicide. He stabs himself and dies pronouncing the following words:
“I kiss’d thee ere I kill’d thee: no way but this;
Killing myself, to die upon a kiss.”
(Act 5, scene 2)
Othello’s downfall can be attributed to three causes:
- Lack of trust
- Inability to listen to reason
Othello begins to doubt Desdemona after he becomes unsure about her loyalty. Instead of asking for a direct answer, the protagonist creates an implausible scenario. This blunder of mistrust allows Iago to exploit Othello’s vulnerability. Finally, Othello’s tragic flaw causes him to act rashly and kill Desdemona in a fit of rage.
The emotion of immense guilt and self-pity overwhelms Othello as he plunges a knife into his own hand. He finishes with a closing statement known as “Othello’s Speech,” in which he states his desire to be remembered.
“Speak of me as I am; nothing extenuate,
Nor set down aught in malice: then must you speak
Of one that loved not wisely but too well;
Of one not easily jealous, but being wrought
Perplex’d in the extreme”
(Act 5, scene 2)
Othello then stabbed himself, bringing to a conclusion Shakespeare’s tragic tale of jealousy. We discovered that there are four corpses at the conclusion of Othello: Desdemona, Emilia, Roderigo, and Othello himself. Iago personally murdered two people, but his influence is substantial.