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huhu123456 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 31, 2009 at 1:22 PM via web

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I have to create a journal account from the point of view of one of the characters in Othello.  

 

 

i have to Create a journal account from the point of view of one of the characters in Othello. This should incorporate all major events they are apart of in the play.

 

 

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ms-mcgregor | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted December 31, 2009 at 1:49 PM (Answer #2)

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I think it would be very interesting to write a journal for Othello. You could begin with his feelings of both pride and self-doubt beginning with his marriage to Desdemona. Those feeling of pride would continue as Othello is put in charge of the defense of Cyprus. You could also include his fond feeling for Iago and note, ironically, what a special friend Othello thinks he has in Iago. Gradually, you could mention Othello's growing distrust of Desdemona and his greater dependence on Iago. The journal could end with some kind of pronouncement that he no longer trusts Desdemona and he will take revenge. That's only a suggestion. Perhaps other editors will have even better ideas.

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mkcapen1 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Valedictorian

Posted December 31, 2009 at 1:55 PM (Answer #3)

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I am thinking if you are a female then Desmonda would be a good character.  She has no idea why her husband, Othello, would think that she has betrayed him.  He believes she has committed adultry because Iago has plotted against her. 

You could talk about certain things.

  1. Roderigo's love for Desmonda.
  2. Her courtship with Othello.
  3. Desmonda's impertinence at telling Othello that she loves him.  She is a bit more outspoken than most females of her time.
  4. Her reunion when Othello returns.
  5. Her marriage to Othello.
  6. Iago's rudenees at making sexual remarks to Cassio about her.
  7. Her friendship with Cassio.
  8. Casio's problem that he wants her to speak to Othello about.
  9. Her telling Othello about Casio.
  10. Othello's accusations about adultry.
  11. Her death.

 

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted December 31, 2009 at 1:59 PM (Answer #4)

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These are always fascinating assignments.  Part of the reason why they are so interesting is that they require you to assume the persona of a character and place yourself within their situation.  The assignment will force you to personalize the characters' struggles and predicaments.  Iago might be one such person where some interesting journal entries can take place.  Perhaps one entry could be the night before the decision was made to support Cassio over you.  What are your feelings?  Describe how you feel you have "earned" this promotion?  How do you feel when you find that you have been passed over?  I think entries along these lines could be interesting to compose.

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cetaylorplfd | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted July 19, 2010 at 3:20 AM (Answer #5)

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It might also be interesting to take on the role of one of the smaller characters in the play, say Emilia.  Compared to the relationship between Othello and Desdemona, Iago and Emilia have a trying marriage.  Iago uses Emilia to get the handkerchief and she is completely ignorant of his intentions.  She doesn't even realize that she plays a major role in this scheme.  A journal from her perspective might be interesting because it leaves much room for the imagination.

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ajmchugh | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Associate Educator

Posted August 27, 2010 at 11:26 AM (Answer #6)

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I think all of the suggestions above would make for great responses.  Also, it would be very intersting to assume the persona of Cassio and explain, from his perspective, the remorse he feels for fighting with Montano in Act 2, the embarrassment he feels when his lieutenancy is stripped, his bewilderment at Othello's behavior, and his relationships with others (Iago, Bianca, Desdemona) in the play.  As the play ends with Cassio being appointed to rule in Cyprus, it might be interesting to suggest his feelings about being given this responsibility. 

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