Roderigo and Iago are waiting outside for Cassio to come out, so they can take him out. Iago gives Roderigo a sword and goes off to hide. Roderigo says, “I have no great devotion to the deed, And yet he hath given me satisfying reasons.’Tis but a man gone. Forth, my sword! He dies.”
Iago tells us that If Roderigo lives, then he’ll want to be compensated for all the jewels and gifts he was giving to Iago, that were intended for Desdemona. If Cassio lives, then his good nature will serve to remind all the other characters, just how evil Iago really is. Iago just wants them both dead.
“Now, whether he kill Cassio,
Or Cassio him, or each do kill the other,
Every way makes my gain. Live Roderigo,
He calls me to a restitution large
Of gold and jewels that I bobbed from him
As gifts to Desdemona.
It must not be. If Cassio do remain,
He hath a daily beauty in his life
That makes me ugly(5.1.13-21).”
Iago portrays Bianca as the perpetrator to this terrible situation. He does this to get the attention off of himself. He doesn’t want anyone to find out he was there. Also, he knows that Bianca was mad at Cassio earlier, so he’s trying to make it seem like she committed this horrible crime. Iago points to the fact that she looks pale and guilty. “Look you pale mistress?
Do you perceive the gastness of her eye?
Nay, if you stare, we shall hear more anon. Behold her well. I pray you, look upon her. Do you see, gentlemen? Nay, guiltiness will speak Though tongues were out of use(5.1.125-130).”
The allusion to Prometheus refers to the time when Prometheus defied the gods by stealing fire and giving it to humanity. This allusion is basically telling us that if Othello takes Desdemona’s life, then he’s taking away God’s power. He’s acting like an agent of justice.
Othello smothers her with a pillow. He uses this method, so he doesn’t have to look at her face when he’s killing her.
Desdemona says, “Nobody. I myself. Farewell. Commend me to my kind lord. O, farewell. She dies.” She says that she has killed herself. Even in her dying words, she continues to prove her loyalty and love to Othello. She demonstrates how faithful she is to Othello.
“O, the more angel she, and you the blacker devil! Thou art rash as fire to say 165 That she was false. O, she was heavenly true!” These two quotes show Emilia’s protestant values. She talks about how pure Desdemona was and how foul Othello is. “Do thy worst! This deed of thine is no more worthy heaven Than thou wast worthy her.” This quote shows Emilia’s humanistic values. She believes in justice and equality. She won’t stop until she gets justice for Desdemona.
Brabantio died due to the heartbreak of his daughter marrying Othello. Gratiano says that it’s good that he has already died because if he was still alive, he would have committed suicide. He would have damned himself if he found out that Othello killed Desdemona.
Othello wants to pay for his sins in hell. He feels that he deserves this punishment because of the murder he has just committed.”Whip me, you devils,From the possession of this heavenly sight!Blow me about in winds, roast me in sulfur,Wash me in steep-down gulfs of liquid fire!”
Othello compares himself to the base Judean. Othello is comparing himself to the base Judean who throws away a precious stone because he can’t see it’s true value. He’s telling us that he’s a fool. Desdemona was his precious pearl and he killed her because he thought she wasn’t loyal to him. He didn’t realize that she was always telling him the truth until it was too late. Othello then stabs himself. Since he has committed suicide, he automatically condemns himself to damnation. This redeems Othello as well because the audience feels sympathy for him when he kills himself.