William Shakespeare's Othello


Brought to you by The Educational Company of Ireland
With annotations, analysis and commentary by Patrick Murray
Podcasts read by actors Simon Coury and Niamh Daly

Act 2 Scene 3 Plot summary

‘Othello hopes Cassio will keep the victory celebrations under control. Cassio wants to take up his duties at once, but Iago persuades him to celebrate a little. Cassio is soon drunk. Iago “confides” to Montano that Cassio’s soldierly qualities are unfortunately impaired by his drinking habits. Roderigo provokes the drunken Cassio, and they fight. Iago tells Roderigo to cry out that a riot is in progress. An angry Othello interrupts the rowdy scene. Iago exposes Cassio’s fault, while at the same time pretending to excuse it. Othello dismisses Cassio from his post. Iago advises Cassio to ask Desdemona to plead his case with Othello. Cassio departs in hope, convinced, like everybody else, of Iago’s honesty.’