Cassio, the Lieutenant, in Othello Essay
Michael Cassio, the lieutenant who supposedly stole away Iago’s coveted promotion in Shakespeare’s Othello, is a strange sort of character. He shows great appreciation of other people; he is radiant with truth and honor; and yet he patronizes a prostitute, Bianca. This essay will delve into the character of Cassio.
Blanche Coles in Shakespeare’s Four Giants comments on the character of Cassio:
In a casual reading of Othello, it may seem that the character of Cassio is not sufficiently well drawn, because, for reasons connected with his portrayal of Iago, Shakespeare delays the full characterization of Cassio until almost the end of the play. However, we have a number of …show more content…
Iago is fully intent upon entrapping the lieutenant in drunkenness, but Cassio resists the offer of drink: “Not tonight, good Iago. I have very poor and unhappy brains for drinking,” and “I am unfortunate in the infirmity and dare not task my weakness with any more.” When the “gallants” arrive Cassio yields to peer pressure and has a cup of wine, and offers a toast, “To the health of our general!” but then ends his involvement when he comes to a realization that he is getting tipsy: “Let’s no more of this; let’s to our affairs.” Later, in his drunkenness he strikes Roderigo and wounds