In Act V. Scene ii., Othello says his last words. In this dramatic monologue, he asks the people around him, including Lodovico, Cassio, and Gratiano, to speak about the events that had taken place with as much truth as possible. Othello describes himself as a man who was not typically jealous or emotional and who loved his wife very much, but was manipulated into committing a terrible crime. After his speech, Othello proceeds to stab himself to death. One of the most noteworthy aspects of Othello’s last monologue is that he would take time to say one at all. When comparing Iago’s last words to Othello’s, the reader can see a stark difference between the two men’s characters. Iago’s last words are “Demand me nothing. What you know, you know./ From this time forth I never will speak word” (306-307). Iago refuses to speak, most likely because he cannot justify himself, but on the other hand, Othello wants to ensure that his reputation remains intact. The fact that he would ask his audience to speak about him fairly, not with too much or too little criticism, shows that up until his death he valued his reputation.
Othello’s monologue is full of heroic language, a quality that he credits to wooing Desdemona earlier in Act I. He uses beautiful metaphors “tears as fast as the Arabian trees/ Their medicinal gum” (406-407). However, Othello did not show a shred of regret or remorse for Desdemona until he realized that he had been wrong
In Act V. Scene ii., Othello says his last words. In this dramatic monologue, he asks the people around him, including Lodovico, Cassio, and Gratiano, to speak about the events that had taken place with as much truth as possible.