As opposed to the sprawling casts and layered stories of the other three tragedies, Othello focuses on three main characters, two of whom, Iago and Desdemona, are carrying out a contest of influence over the main character Othello. It is fundamental to this genre that ultimately the main character sees the error of his ways, his soul is redeemed and he is allowed into heaven.
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To leave a general comment about our Web site, please click here Share this page with your network. Each year and in each class students bemoan the idea of having to read Shakespeare. Their perception of the plays and sonnets is that they are written in an ancient language no longer spoken, much less understood.
So what is the point? My answer is a standard one: I also aspire to reinforce the fact that the plots, characters, language, and even complete speeches are often alluded to in many other great works. If the students have never been exposed to Romeo and Juliet, for instance, how can they understand an allusion to the famous balcony scene?
We have many English as a Second Language ESL classes at the school but the majority of the students are in regular education. The number of Advanced Placement courses offered grows yearly. At least one Shakespearean drama is required in each class level of English at Capital High School as part of our standard curriculum.
Some faculty members are as apprehensive of Shakespeare as the students; unfortunately, that comes across in their teaching.
I sympathize because I know what it is like to be forced to teach a text that I don't particularly like. The students recognize that loathing and they respond with a reluctance to learn.
I, on the other hand, truly appreciate sharing the literary complexity and genius of Shakespeare. Each time I prepare to teach a Shakespearean drama, it is like learning it from a whole new perspective.
Reading the plays with each new class brings a whole new perspective to the plays as well, because as the students become familiar with the language, they add their own opinions and analysis, which is beneficial to all. The courses I teach are junior and senior literature. The variety of literature in these classes is endless.
I try to teach something new each year to keep my curriculum current and exciting. These courses are offered to junior and senior level students.
The curricula for these courses follow the standard curricula at CHS with the addition of preparation for the Advanced Placement Exams taken in May.
Students can receive college credit for classes if they score above a three on the one-five scale. In addition, many colleges base admission on the scores of the AP exams. Shakespearean analysis is an essential skill for the AP students; they must be able to analyze how the author creates meaning through the use of literary strategies.
The visual aspect of this project is of great value. When students are asked to compose a written character analysis, they tend to confine themselves to a formulaic paragraph format: I want them to explore the entire character and to find everything they possibly can.
If the students are looking for all the major aspects of the character to create a complete portrait, they will undoubtedly create a complete analysis.
As a bonus, the presentation of these portraits will also help the remainder of the students to develop their understanding of characters they did not analyze themselves. Objectives The main objective of this unit is to analyze characters in plays written by William Shakespeare. To this end, the students will need to recognize and analyze methods of characterization through identifying physical attributes, symbols, motivation, important lines, internal and external perspective, the figurative language used to develop the character and the major psychological shift in the character.
We will apply close reading analysis skills. The final assessment will be a formal essay analyzing three characters from Othello, Macbeth and The Taming of the Shrew. The students will be able to form an analysis explaining how Shakespeare's characterization relates to the meaning of the work as a whole.Theodore Spencer wrote of Shakespeare's Othello, “In presenting the character of Othello to his audience, Shakespeare emphasizes very strongly his grandeur, self-control, and nobility” (Spencer ).
This observation demonstrates that these three main traits—grandeur, self-control, and. Through Iago’s machinations, Othello becomes so consumed by jealousy that he falls into a trance and has a fit of epilepsy.
As he writhes on the ground, Cassio comes by, and Iago tells him to come back in a few minutes to talk. Othello goes over the edge, striking Desdemona and then storming out.
, Desdemona changes her story before.
A summary of Themes in William Shakespeare's Othello. Learn exactly what happened in this chapter, scene, or section of Othello and what it means. Perfect for acing essays, tests, and quizzes, as well as for writing lesson plans.
Theodore Spencer wrote of Shakespeare's Othello, “In presenting the character of Othello to his audience, Shakespeare emphasizes very strongly his grandeur, self-control, and nobility” (Spencer ). This observation demonstrates that these three main traits—grandeur, self-control, and.
Lessons on Jealousy from Othello Books in which Jealousy is a Theme. Othello and Jealousy. In the plot of Shakespeares' Othello, Remember that neither you nor your partner is perfect and that you will both go through temptations whether or not you act on them.
Try not to set your relationship up to be more perfect than any relationship. The Battle for Othello’s Soul: How Shakespeare Improved on the Morality Play Othello focuses on three main characters, two of whom, Iago and Desdemona, are carrying out a contest of influence over the main character Othello.
There is then a drumroll-like moment of suspense while it is unknown whether Othello’s ship made it through.