Othello - Study Guide Act 5, Scene 2 Summary & Analysis

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Othello stands at Desdemona's bedside. As she sleeps, he bends down and kisses her several times. He almost loses his resolve to kill her. When she wakes up, he asks her if she has prayed and if there are any sins she needs to confess. He doesn't want to kill an unprepared spirit. She realizes he intends to kill her, and she begs for her life.

He asks her about the handkerchief: did she give it to Cassio? She says no. She states that she never loved Cassio but with the kind of love a Christian ought to have for another. Othello says he saw the handkerchief in Cassio's hand, and she responds that he must have found it because she did not give it to him.

Othello reveals that Cassio is dead. (Of course, Othello merely thinks this is the case.). Desdemona begs for...

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