Act V, Scene II-Detailed Summary of Othello: "Othello" by William Shakespeare

Othello Detailed Summary Act 5 Scene II

Othello goes into his room and asks Desdemona to be prepared for death while she requests him to let her live yet another day. She also asks him the reason of her death. He tells her that she gave her handkerchief to Cassio to which she denies. She asks Othello to call for Cassio and ask him by himself. Othello refuses.

He eventually kills her mercilessly. She is just dying when Emilia enters the room and tells Othello that Roderigo has died and not Cassio. Emilia sees her lady dying. She curses Othello and tells him of the handkerchief which she gave to her husband.

Desdemona dies saying that he killed herself. Later Othello admits that he has killed his wife.

Emilia starts shouting murder, murder. Gratiano, Monaton and Iago enter. Emilia unfolds the entire tale. Othello says that Iago is his witness. But Emilia unveils that it was her that stole the handkerchief for her husband. It is her husband that gave it to Cassio. Iago tries to kill her but he is caught.

The whole story is related in front of Othello who is very ashamed and guilty on having killed his faithful wife on the ill-advices and poisoning of a devil. He rues the fact but to no avail. He has killed his wife. He stab himself to end his life because death is his only remedy.