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Othello Lesson Plan
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By using this lesson plan, teachers and professors will be able to guide students through the language, characters, and themes of William Shaespeare's Othello. This lesson plan will help you and your students explore the motivations of Shakespeare's characters while also helping you convey the play's themes, including perception and honor. Examples of guided discussion and study questions from this lesson plan include the following:
- What was Iago's complaint in Scene I of Othello? Iago has been passed over for a promotion. Cassio got the promotion to Lieutenant even though Iago had more time in service as a soldier. Cassio got the promotion over Iago because his learning included theory and strategy whereas Iago's did not.
- What was Iago's reply when Othello demanded proof of his wife's disloyalty? He lied, telling Othello that Cassio had a dream in which he cried out to Desdemona, saying "Let us be wary, let us hide our loves" and "Cursed fated that gave thee to the Moor!" Then Iago told Othello that he saw Cassio with Desdemona's handkerchief.
- What was Emilia's relationship with Iago? Desdemona? Emilia was Iago's wife. She did things out of love for him. Emilia was a servant to Desdemona but also had affection and friendship for her. In Act III, Emilia was still more loyal to Iago than to Desdemona; she did not tell Desdemona about the handkerchief.
- How did Iago trick Othello into thinking Cassio was gloating and bragging about his affair with Desdemona? Iago told Othello that he would question Cassio about his affair with Desdemona. When Cassio comes, Othello retires out of sight, to watch. Instead of questioning Cassio about Desdemona, he asks about his relationship with Bianca, which brought the desired appearances to make Othello's jealousy grow.
- Why did Iago tell Roderigo to kill Cassio? Why did Roderigo consent to think about it? Having Cassio removed at this point removes some possibilities for complications to Iago's plan. Also, having Cassio killed would be sweet revenge for Iago. Roderigo agreed to consider Iago's proposal because Iago had shown him how the removal of Cassio was necessary in the plan for Roderigo's having Desdemona.
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