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OTHELLO LESSON 1

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Love Through the Ages: Othello.
WALT:
• Explore the themes
of ‘Othello’ and
begin to explore
social context
WILF:
• Annotated
quotations (building
awareness of
theme)
• Prediction of the
thematic content of
‘Othello’ and how
this presents
aspects of love
Tuesday, 24 September 2019
How familiar are you with Shakespeare?
What is a tragedy in drama?
What did you learn about the source material?
Stretch: What can you say about the title ‘Othello’?
How might it connect to the titles of other
Shakespearean plays?
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Love Through the Ages: Othello.
Read the quotations on the next slide.
WALT:
• Explore the themes
of ‘Othello’ and
begin to explore
social context
WILF:
• Annotated
quotations (building
awareness of
theme)
• Prediction of the
thematic content of
‘Othello’ and how
this presents
aspects of love
Tuesday, 24 September 2019
Can you see any connections between the quotations; either parallels or
oppositions?
1.
i.
ii.
iii.
What expectations do the quotations raise about the play?
themes?
lots of action / lots of talk?
passionate or low key?
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Love Through the Ages: Othello.
WALT:
• Explore the themes
of ‘Othello’ and
begin to explore
social context
WILF:
• Annotated
quotations (building
awareness of
theme)
• Prediction of the
thematic content of
‘Othello’ and how
this presents
aspects of love
Tuesday, 24 September 2019
“Reputation, reputation, I ha’ lost my reputation!”
“She is a most exquisite lady”
“Even so my bloody thoughts with violent pace / Shall ne’er look back, ne’er
ebb to humble love, / Till that a capable and wide revenge / Swallow them up.”
“Put thy money in thy purse.”
“O curse of marriage / That we call these delicate creatures ours / And not
their appetites!”
“Now by my heaven / My blood begins my safer guides to rule, / And passion
having my best judgement collied / Assays to lead the way.”
“I ha’t, it is engender’d; Hell and night / Must bring this monstrous birth to the
world’s light.”
“I am not what I am.”
“O thou black weed, why art thou so lovely fair? / I took you for that cunning
whore of Venice.”
“This is only witchcraft I have us’d: / Here comes the lady, let her witness it.”
“She lov’d me for dangers I had pass’d, / And I lov’d her that she did pity them.”
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Love Through the Ages: Othello.
WALT:
• Explore the themes
of ‘Othello’ and
begin to explore
social context
WILF:
• Annotated
quotations (building
awareness of
theme)
• Prediction of the
thematic content of
‘Othello’ and how
this presents
aspects of love
Tuesday, 24 September 2019
Look at the images of Venice and its inhabitants on
the following three slides.
In pairs/ a triad, discuss the paintings and the
impressions they create of Venice.
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Love Through the Ages: Othello.
WALT:
• Explore the themes
of ‘Othello’ and
begin to explore
social context
WILF:
• Annotated
quotations (building
awareness of
theme)
• Prediction of the
thematic content of
‘Othello’ and how
this presents
aspects of love
Tuesday, 24 September 2019
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Love Through the Ages: Othello.
WALT:
• Explore the themes
of ‘Othello’ and
begin to explore
social context
WILF:
• Annotated
quotations (building
awareness of
theme)
• Prediction of the
thematic content of
‘Othello’ and how
this presents
aspects of love
Tuesday, 24 September 2019
Le Due Dame Veneziane
(Two Venetian
Courtesans/ Ladies)
Vittore Carpaccio (1465
– 1525)
Several objects - the
white kerchief, the
pearls and the animals
(the doves, Venus's bird)
are symbols of chastity.
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Love Through the Ages: Othello.
WALT:
• Explore the themes
of ‘Othello’ and
begin to explore
social context
WILF:
• Annotated
quotations (building
awareness of
theme)
• Prediction of the
thematic content of
‘Othello’ and how
this presents
aspects of love
Tuesday, 24 September 2019
Vittore Carpaccio – The Healing of the
Possessed Man at the Rialto (c. 1496)
This painting of everyday life in 15th
century Venice reveals how mental illness
was understood and treated in the middle
ages. It is sometimes called “The Healing of
the Madman”, but “possessed” is closer to
contemporary ideas about the mind. For
the man being miraculously healed by a
priest amidst the human drama of the
Rialto bridge has been taken over by a
demon, his suffering is neither a medical
nor social problem, but a religious
experience.
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Love Through the Ages: Othello.
WALT:
• Explore the themes
of ‘Othello’ and
begin to explore
social context
WILF:
• Annotated
quotations (building
awareness of
theme)
• Prediction of the
thematic content of
‘Othello’ and how
this presents
aspects of love
Tuesday, 24 September 2019
Watch this video summary of the plot of ‘Othello’
and craft a summary of the events.
It is important that you understand the basic outline
of the plot – it is quite complex!
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Love Through the Ages: Othello.
WALT:
• Explore the themes
of ‘Othello’ and
begin to explore
social context
WILF:
• Annotated
quotations (building
awareness of
theme)
• Prediction of the
thematic content of
‘Othello’ and how
this presents
aspects of love
Tuesday, 24 September 2019
What kind of love do you believe that
‘Othello’ will be about?
Make links between the quotations
explored earlier, themes that are
becoming apparent and any
contextual understanding you have.
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Love Through the Ages: Othello.
WALT:
• Explore the themes
of ‘Othello’ and
begin to explore
social context
WILF:
• Annotated
quotations (building
awareness of
theme)
• Prediction of the
thematic content of
‘Othello’ and how
this presents
aspects of love
Tuesday, 24 September 2019
Independent Learning.
Research and notes:
1. When was Othello written?
2. What is generally believed to have been Shakespeare’s source
material for ‘Othello’?
3. What are some of the features of classical tragedies as
outlined in Aristotle’s ‘Poetics’?
4. How was Venice viewed in the sixteenth and seventeenth
centuries?
5. How were black people viewed in Britain at the time when
Othello was written?
Pre-reading: Act 1 Scenes I-III
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