There, the character is simply “the ensign”. While no English translation of Cinthio was available in Shakespeare’s lifetime, it is possible Shakespeare knew the Italian original, Gabriel Chappuy’s 1584 French translation, or an English translation in manuscript. In Cinthio’s othello no fear shakespeare pdf download, for example, the ensign suffers an unrequited lust for the Moor’s wife, Desdemona, which then drives his vengeance.
Moor commissions his ensign to bludgeon her to death with a sand-filled stocking. The two murderers escape detection. The Moor misses his wife greatly, however, and comes to loathe the sight of his ensign. He demotes him, and refuses to have him in his company. Moor’s involvement in Desdemona’s death. The two men denounce the Moor to the Venetian Seignory. The ensign escapes any prosecution in Desdemona’s death, but engages in other crimes and dies after being tortured.
Iago is a soldier who has fought beside Othello for several years, and has become his trusted advisor. At the beginning of the play, Iago claims to have been unfairly passed over for promotion to the rank of Othello’s lieutenant in favour of Michael Cassio. Iago plots to manipulate Othello into demoting Cassio, and thereafter to bring about the downfall of Othello himself. Othello is gone, Iago will help Roderigo earn the affection of Othello’s wife, Desdemona. Othello to believe that Desdemona is having an affair with Cassio. This plan occupies the final three acts of the play. Othello that he had seen it in Cassio’s possession.