- "When I have plucked the rose I cannot give it vital growth again. It needs must wither!" (Othello. V.ii.13–16)
The protagonist is a Moor general named Othello, who marries a Venetian woman named Desdemona. Iago, the antagonist, sets in motion a plot to destroy Othello by tainting Othello's faith in Desdemona's virtue. By the end of the play, Desdemona dies by the hands of her own husband.