Desdemona says to Emilia that she’s
had a premonition of death. After saying goodnight, Desdemona kneels down and
prays and lies down in bed. Otello quietly
comes into their room and gently puts down his sword. He kisses Desdemona
with kindness, and wakes her up. As both interchange words of love and
affection, Otello increasingly becomes apprehensive as he confronts Desdemona
with accusations of infidelity. She
continues to plea for her innocence. But Otello, possessed by an unbearable
force of darkness, begins to exasperate Desdemona with cruelty and
hostility. His hands ignite violently
with the intent to end her death by strangulation.
Emilia hears Otello’s disturbing voice, telling
Desdemona that Cassio has been killed and that their pleas are no longer
justified. Emilia rushes into their room and sees Desdemona on her bed dying
in vain. Emilia discloses that Casio is not the one assassinated, but Rodrigo
instead. In spite of everything,
Emilia then reveals that Iago, has been the one deceiving him, instead of
Desdemona, with malicious lies.
Iago and a group of military men
hustle into the room, Emilia admits to Otello that she is the one who gave
Iago Desdemona's handkerchief. Subsequently, Lodovico exclaims that Roderigo,
last moments of breath, expressed his regrets for the harm he has inflicted
and in his final words before his death, confessed that he was also involved
in Iago’s conspiracy.
Otello, as he condemns himself by the realization
of such dreadful and horrifying murder, he stabs himself. Desperately, Otello drags himself towards
his loving faithful wife, Desdemona, and hopelessly tells her. “One more
kiss”, “One final kiss” while both their lives fade away, tragically.