. Before the castle. Summary. Othello Act 4, Scene 1. Enter Iago and Othello. Act 4 Scene 1 Synopsis of Act 4 Scene 1 Iago continues to taunt Othello with the thought of Desdemona’s adultery, imagining her in bed with Cassio, whom Iago claims has boasted of his affair with her. • Othello wakes and then hides to watch Cassio’s conversation with Iago. With Othello striking his wife in public and storming out inarticulately, this scene is the reverse of Act II, scene iii, where, after calming the “Turk within” his brawling soldiers, Othello gently led his wife back to bed. Iago is playing mind games with Othello as usual, forcing him to imagine Desdemona and Cassio in bed together. He is talking with Iago about the handkerchief still, and its significance in being found; but, soon, Iago whips Othello into an even greater fury through mere insinuation, and Othello takes the bait. Act IV, scene i: Cyprus. Act 4, Scene 1. Read every line of Shakespeare’s original text alongside a modern English translation. Her devotion to Othello even should it cost her her life could not contrast more strongly with the graphic, misogynistic picture of female sexuality Iago has described throughout … From the outside, it all looks like madness. Othello … Act 4 Scene 1 • Iago torments Othello with crude images of Desdemona’s infidelity and references to the handkerchief which results in Othello fainting in a fit. Othello is trying, even after swearing that Desdemona was unfaithful, not to condemn her too harshly. Desdemona remains as faithful here in her love as in 1.3, despite the fact that Othello has berated her and that she even seems to sense that he might kill her. Actually understand Othello Act 4, Scene 1. Othello and Desdemona are involved in a personal matter to the exclusion of others, and Othello is fraught by a matter of internal conflict that excludes his wife. All's Well That Ends Well Antony & Cleopatra As You Like It Comedy of Errors Coriolanus Cymbeline Double Falsehood Edward 3 Hamlet Henry 4.1 Henry 4.2 Henry 5 Henry 6.1 Henry 6.2 Henry 6.3 Henry 8 Julius Caesar King John King Lear King Richard 2 Love's Labour's Lost Macbeth Measure for Measure Merchant of Venice … Iago then brings up the lost handkerchief, saying if he'd given it to a woman, it would be her possession, and … By William Shakespeare. Read a translation of Act IV, scene i → Analysis. Act 4, scene 2 Othello questions Emilia about Cassio and Desdemona’s relationship, acting as if Emilia is the mistress of a brothel and Desdemona… Act 4, scene 3 But then Iago, who doesn't give his name and whom Brabantio doesn't recognize, graphically describes Othello and Desdemona having sex—he says that "an old black ram is tupping your white ewe" (1.1.88-89), calling Othello a "Barbary horse" (1.1.110), and adds that "your daughter and the Moor are making the beast with two backs"(1.1… Act 4, scene 3 Themes and Colors Key LitCharts assigns a color and icon to each theme in Othello , which you can use to track the themes throughout the work. • Othello misunderstands Cassio’s words about Bianca, and thinks he is … Previous Next .