By the conclusion of the play, three actual murders have been exposed. Othello kills his wife Desdemona in the first murder. Othello felt Desdemona had cheated on him with another man, thus he planned and murdered her. In a fit of madness fueled by rage and jealousy, Othello slays his wife in private since he cannot bear the notion that Desdemona cheated on him.
It is later shown that his wife had always been faithful and it was Iago who exploited Othello’s jealous emotions in order to lose face among the people and eventually lose his leadership position.
Emilia, Desdemona’s lady in waiting, is the second victim of a murder in Othello. Because she was about to disclose Iago’s schemes, he murdered her. Emilia was supposed to announce that it was Iago, rather than Cassio, who had possession of Desdemona’s handkerchief and dispel the rumor that his lady had cheated on him. In private, Iago murders his wife and continues as if nothing has occurred.
Roderigo is the third character to be murdered in the play. He is Iago’s second victim, who he murders so that his plans do not come apart. This is despite the fact that they were thought to be good friends at the time of the murder.
Brabantio. The play is not, in fact, a depiction of someone who was killed. The old man’s spirit is broken due to the fact that his daughter ran away with Othello, according to the poem.
Othello. He is not killed, however, since he kills himself out of remorse for murdering his wife. Iago’s treachery leads to his death as a result of murder, making him Iago’s murderer.
Othello shoots his wife, Desdemona, believing that she had been unfaithful to him. He then turns the pistol on himself after learning that Desdemona was unjustly blamed.
Desdemona is imprisoned for murdering Othello in the final scene, and Desdemona’s sentence of death is carried out. She informs Iago that she was innocent after he tells everyone that she had done it. After the above-described events, Iago kills Rodrigo when he tries to murder Cassio and fails.
The deaths of Othello’s wife Desdemona, who was murdered by her jealous husband, and Emilia, Iago’s wife, are both tragic. Iago devises an elaborate plan to accuse Desdemona of adultery.
He persuades Othello that Desdemona has an affair with Cassio and that he must keep an eye on her. Then he asks his wife Emilia to give the handkerchief to Desdemona and drop it at Cassio’s house. Because Iago is aware of the handkerchief’s significance, it worries him. The lady is concerned about the loss of the accessory:
“Sure, there’s some wonder in this handkerchief:
I am most unhappy in the loss of it.”
(Act 3, scene 4)
When Othello finds the handkerchief at Cassio, he is blinded by jealousy. “I will murder you and love you after,” he decides before stifling her. Desdemona dies a virgin at the hands of her beloved spouse.
Emilia is furious when she learns of the plan to accuse Desdemona and her responsibility in it. Emilia rushes into Othello’s bedroom, attempting to stop him from murdering Desdemona, but it’s too late.
Emilia begins telling everyone about her husband’s devious conspiracy. Iago stabs his wife in public without revealing his intentions. Emilia dies trying to reveal the truth during her last moments on earth, despite having unknowingly taken part in that malevolent scheme.
When Othello learns the truth about his wife, it is a devastating blow. He understands he has murdered an innocent woman as a result of Iago’s machinations. When Iago arrives, Othello draws a sword and tries to kill him but only wounds him. He does not see any purpose in living anymore, believing that death is the only thing that he deserves. All he wants now is for people to remember him as someone kind.
“Loved not wisely but too well,
Of one not easily jealous, but being wrought
Perplex’d in the extreme; of one whose hand,
Like the base Indian, threw a pearl away
Richer than all his tribe; of one whose subdued eyes,
Albeit unused to the melting mood,
Drop tears as fast as the Arabian trees
Their medicinal gum.”
(Act 5, scene 2).
Iago wounds Othello with this active speech, and he kills himself. Iago kills Othello and becomes a symbol of the fragility of those who are enthralled by others’ intrigues. Roderigo, a rich guy obsessed with Desdemona, is another victim of the play. He is quite stupid, thus he becomes an easy target for Iago.
In Act V, he agrees to kill Cassio unaware that Iago wants him dead. However, he fails to kill Cassio and is wounded in return. Seeing this, Iago decides to stab Roderigo since he may later reveal Iago’s secrets. As a result, Roderigo is murdered by Iago, who was always obedient and considered a friend to him.
The final victim is Brabantio, Desdemona’s father, who plays a minor part in Shakespeare’s Othello. He used to entertain Othello at his home before the events of the play took place. As a result, their love was aided by Desdemona and flourished. When bad news comes, it is too difficult for him to cope with it. When he learns that his beloved daughter has been murdered, Brabantio kills himself out of sorrow.
Iago is the only character who suffers the ultimate penalty but yet survives. He nearly perished when Othello assigned him to write an essay on jealousy. However, he survived and was merely incarcerated for further trial. As a result, he avoided his victims’ fate, but ruined his life and failed to achieve his objectives.