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Othello Teaching Unit
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- Consider carefully the dramatic function the handkerchief has in this play. In an essay, discuss this function and be sure to state what it proves and disproves.
- Discuss what it was that motivated Iago’s actions. Try to discuss all his motives and then reach a conclusion. Since not all critics reach the same conclusion, there is no right or wrong answer. However, your conclusion should be logical and consistent with the facts of the play.
- Othello, a reasonable man, is newly married to a woman he loves very much. Explain how he is turned into a jealous monster.
- Critics have called this play Shakespeare’s most exciting play. Identify those aspects of the play that would prompt this comment.
- Define the term “tragic hero” and identify the tragic hero in Othello. Describe his mood and behavior at the opening of the play, throughout the rising action, at the climax, and during the resolution.
- Some critics see Othello as an outsider who is valuable to the Venetian state because of his skills, but who is not truly accepted as a Venetian. Discuss this point and consider if Othello views himself as someone outside Venetian society.
- Compare and contrast Desdemona with Emilia.
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A teaching unit and individual learning packet from Prestwick House. Includes the following: comprehensive chapter-by-chapter study guides for students; questions suitable for essay topics or discussion; vocabulary lists; multiple-choice and essay test with answer key; introductory material from Prestwick House to familiarize both students and teachers with the work.