1. Author and Title
2. Main Characters' Personalities (include the protagonist and antagonist)
4. Resolution and Ending
5. Your Opinion of How the Book is Written and Any Personal Connections
Take notes about the major places and people of the original Othello play:
1. Moor: a person from Northern African countries such as Libya, Morocco, Algeria, Niger; part of culture that controlled Spain and Italy from years 700 to 1500
2. Venetian: a person from Venice, Italy
3. Desdemona: Othello's wife and daughter of Venetian senator
4. Othello: powerful army commander
5. Cassio: soldier
6. Iago: antagonist; Othello's friend; backstabber
Watch contemporary adaptation of Othello. While watching, answer following questions about one of the major characters listed above:
1. What is my personality?
2. What do others think of me?
3. What are my strengths and loves?
4. What are my weaknesses?
Each answer must include 3 specific pieces of evidence from the film.
Take notes on Shakespeare's language usage:
thine & thy = your
dost & doth = do & does
thee & thou = you
hath = has
'tis = it is
Shakespeare writes in inverted syntax, which means that he mixes up the structure of his sentences.
Translate the inverted syntax and metaphors in this sentence: "For know, Iago, but that I love the gentle Desdemona, I would not my unhoused free condition put into circumscription and confine for the sea's worth."
While reading Othello, answer these questions:
What does Iago say in this scene that lets us know that he is deceptive? What metaphor does Iago use to describe Othello and Desdemona’s marriage? Why does Iago describe their marriage in that way? According to Brabantio, how did Othello win Desdemona’s adulation?
According to Othello, why is he so brutish and tough?
According to Othello, why did Desdemona fall in love with him?
Due Tuesday, April 19:
- Read Act 1, Scene 3, lines 50-169. According to Othello, how did Desdemona fall in love with him?
- Read Act 2, Scene 1, lines 209-308. According to Iago, why will Desdemona fall out of love with Othello and in love with Cassio?
- What is Iago trying to get Cassio to do? Why?
- How does Iago manipulate Montano to dislike Cassio?
- What does Cassio do to Roderigo and Montano?
- How does Othello react to Cassio?
- In Iago's explanation of his revenge plot in lines 333-- 359 what are his new motives for his behavior?
Due Friday, April 22: Translate 3 of Othello's speeches.