Shapespeare uses both poetry and prose for his characters speeches. Locate instances of change from one to the other and discuss the effect of change.
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Here are some tips for addressing this writing prompt:
- Consider who is speaking. Is s/he a commoner or a member of the nobility? The Duke speaks differently from Cassio, for example.
- What is the subject matter of the lines? Is Iago plotting and up to no good or are Othello and Desdemona professing their love?
- Look for integrated sonnets: Shakespeare often uses these for introductory purposes or for expressions of love within his plays.
- You might also look at who is being spoken to. Iago speaks differently to Othello than he does to Roderigo. With Roderigo, he is repetitve and simplistic; with Othello, respectful. This can often be represented in Shakespeare's choice of poetry or prose.
Good luck with your prompt!