Who Is Cassio?

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Cassio is a young Florentine officer in the Venetian army. He has had little or no actual combat experience and has been educated at an academic institution. Perhaps to his fault, he is a gallant, courteous gentleman who may be too gallant with the ladies from time to time. Othello instructed him to be his lieutenant.

Iago informs Othello that Cassio is “a scoundrel, a rascal, and an ignoramus,” and that he has the same love for Cyprus as Iago. When drunk, he becomes impulsive; when sober, he is sociable with everyone but compares people to what he knows in Florence.

He places his reputation above all else and is devastated when it is damaged due to an alcohol-fueled idiotic quarrel over which he can barely remember the beginning. After hearing Iago’s argumentation, Desdemona persuades him to take his chances in the battle against Emilia.

Ruzo has known Bianca for a long time, but he finds it hard to take her marriage proposals seriously. He takes advantage of her readily by having her copy the strange handkerchief that appears in his room. Once the conflicts are over, the Venetian Senate elects him Governor of Cyprus.

He is ambushed by a Venetian he has never seen before as he returns home from Bianca’s one night, and he gets mauled badly enough that it looks like his life is in danger. He is shocked to discover Othello’s accusations against him and the corruption of Iago. It is up to him to decide what type of punishment should be handed down to the offender.

In the Venice army, one of Florentine’s soldiers is Cassio, or simply Cassio. He is promoted to chief lieutenant at the beginning of Othello. He is a thinker who values theoretical knowledge and has a critic: Iago.

Cassio is a prominent figure in William Shakespeare’s play, Othello. He’s a gallant and courteous gentleman who captures women’s attention. However, he uses her, providing empty promises instead of real affection. He can only neglect her, not considering marriage with her.

Othello makes Cassio his most trusted lieutenant. Because of this promotion, Cassio faces a lot of difficulties. Iago, the play’s main bad guy, becomes jealous of him. Iago refers to him as a “great arithmetician” because he believes he is deficient in military knowledge:

“Forsooth, a great arithmetician,

One Michael Cassio, a Florentine,

A fellow almost damn’d in a fair wife;

That never set a squadron in the field,

Nor the division of a battle knows

More than a spinster; unless the bookish theoric,

Wherein the toged consuls can propose

As masterly as he: mere prattle, without practise,

Is all his soldiership.”

(Act 1, scene 1)

Cassio is a man of integrity. Iago, on the other hand, is able to undermine him in Othello’s presence and destroy his reputation. In knowing that Cassio has a drinking problem, an evil person makes him intoxicated. As a result, the lieutenant acts stupidly and loses his employment as a consequence of his conduct.

He plans to seduce Emilia so that Iago’s plot against Othello will succeed. He places his chances of being reintegrated as a lieutenant on Desdemona in light of Iago’s advice. When asking a lady for assistance, Cassio is oblivious to the consequences of his actions. Desdemona tries to assist Cassio by praising him highly in front of Othello:

“Why, your lieutenant, Cassio. Good my lord,

If I have any grace or power to move you,

His present reconciliation take;

For if he be not one that truly loves you,

That errs in ignorance and not in cunning,

I have no judgment in an honest face:

I prithee, call him back.”

(Act 3, scene 3)

Despite his hatred for her, Othello slanders Desdemona until he believes she is cheating on him with Cassio. Overall, Cassio is one of Iago’s victims. He becomes a pawn in Othello’s vengeance fantasies by being a participant in the villain’s diabolical plan.