Discussion questions from Othello Act 2 1. What sort of person is Cassio? What happens to him, and how does Iago plan to use the situation in his plan against Othello? Answer: The picture of Cassio we get from his Act 2 appearance is that he is Othello’s loyal, cultured and speaks in a civilized manner. He speaks of Othello and Desdemona with honor and when it comes … [Read more...] about Othello Act 2 Discussion questions
Why does Shakespeare subject Othello to pain? That soldiers are born to die whether in war or at home is what Shakespeare's 'Othello' seems to be trying to prove. Nothing can be worse for a military general than being made an object of sympathy and being called a weakling and a cuckold. Shakespeare subjects Othello to a kind of pain that is the worst nightmare of a soldier. … [Read more...] about Othello’s Blunder: Volume of pain in Shakespeare’s Othello
Examine the female characters in the play. Do they share a common role in Othello? In Othello, Shakespeare has not portrayed the women in empowered roles. Even the wife of a general has to demonstrate unquestioned loyalty and submission to her husband. Despite her elevated status as compared to the other female characters in the drama, she is bound by norms. Iago knows she … [Read more...] about Women’s Role in Othello
Discussion questions from Act 1 of Othello 1. How does Shakespeare present the world of Venice in the first act, and how does he construct the interactions of his central characters (Iago, Othello, and Desdemona) with that Venetian world and with each other. How are these interactions complicated by the fact that Othello is a Moor (and we'll have to puzzle … [Read more...] about Othello Act 1 Discussion questions
An Analysis of the Main Themes in Othello Relationships can be painful: Whether it is Othello's relationship with Desdemona, Iago's with Emilia or Cassio's with Bianca, personal relationships can be badly complex and painful and that's what Shakespeare seems bent on proving. There are some important components of a strong relationship that make it long-lasting. Love, … [Read more...] about Major themes in Othello
Discuss the role that race plays in Shakespeare’s portrayal of Othello. How do the other characters react to Othello’s skin color or to the fact that he is a Moor? How does Othello see himself? Race is not at the core of Shakespeare’s Othello but affects everything in the drama. It plays a central role in shaping the plot of the drama and the behaviour of the characters. … [Read more...] about The Role That Race Plays in Shakespeare’s Othello
A CHARACTER ANALYSIS OF DESDEMONA Othello is among the most tragic of Shakespeare's dramas and so are its characters including the heroine Desdemona and her lover Othello, 'The Moor'. Most characters in the novel meet an undeserved fate. Of all the deaths that happen in Othello, Desdemona's is the most tragic and undeserved. She is a graceful beauty and loyal to her love. … [Read more...] about Did Desdemona meet a fate undeserved?
A Character Analysis of Othello (Moor of Venice) 'Othello', one of the most tragic dramas written by Shakespeare has Othello the Moore as its protagonist. He is a courageous general with several wins on the battlefield to his credit. He loves Desdemona deeply and holds strong influence in the political circles. However, future has some thing entirely different in stock for him … [Read more...] about The Character of Othello in Shakespeare’s drama
The Character of Iago in Shakespeare's Othello The antagonist in Shakespeare’s Othello is a demi-devil; unequalled in malice, proficient at con and dexterous at manipulation. He is a master of deceit and a servant of the devil. As his name suggests, he has a large ego. Throughout the play, he troubles others using his vicious techniques. Hell-bent on bringing down … [Read more...] about Is Iago really a demi-devil?