Who Is Brabantio?

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Brabantio (sometimes known as Brabanzio) is a Venetian senator and the father of Desdemona in William Shakespeare’s Othello (c. 1601–1604). He has frequently entertained Othello and Desdemona at his home, enabling them to fall in love.

Brabantio is a minor character in Othello. He’s a Venetian senator and the mother of Desdemona. In act 1, scene 1, the readers first encounter him. Iago and Roderigo inform him that Desdemona had secretly married Othello, as he enters in act 1, scene 2.

Brabantio is the father of Desdemona, a woman who is beloved by many men. He is a senator and one of the Senate’s oldest and wisest members.

Brabantio is interested in Othello’s military accomplishments, so the Moor comes to his home frequently. They want to marry secretly to avoid scrutiny, but Iago and Roderigo betray them when they tell Brabantio about it.

Brabantio is furious about the story. As a result, Brabantio kills himself in act 5 as a result of his daughter’s marriage with Othello. He felt that Othello had bewitched his daughter because he could not describe their affection for one another. To the Moor, he shouts:

“O thou foul thief, where hast thou stow’d my daughter?

Damn’d as thou art, thou hast enchanted her;


Judge me the world, if ’tis not gross in sense

That thou hast practised on her with foul charms,

Abused her delicate youth with drugs or minerals

That weaken motion: I’ll have’t disputed on.”

(Act 1, scene 2)

As a result, Brabantio is bigoted since he despises the connection between Desdemona and Othello. He is firm in his belief that Othello is a witch. Desdemona disproves her husband’s accusations by stating that she actually loves the African man.

Brabantio, on the other hand, was notably unwilling to accept Iago’s claims about Desdemona’s love for Othello. He disowned her and even stated that he would never see his daughter again.

His comments were ultimately responsible for the major villain’s death and served as a predictor of Desdemona’s demise. He passed away shortly after losing his kid, as mentioned in act 5.