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Act 3 Scene 3 Othello

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Rich Pott

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Transcript of Act 3 Scene 3 Othello

Fatal Flaw Skipping Ahead Brabantio Your Thoughts In Summary Moody If you were a marriage counselor... Up until recently, it has always been assumed that Othello's fatal flaw is Jealousy.

What else could it be? Discuss on your tables. Act 3, Scene 1: Cassio brings musicians to play in front of Othello's house, but Othello's servant sends them away. Cassio sends the servant to ask if Emilia will speak with him. Iago enters and promises Cassio that he will keep Othello out of the way. . . . Emilia tells Cassio that Desdemona is already pleading his case to Othello, but Cassio still wants to talk to Desdemona, and Emilia invites him in.
Act 3, Scene 2: Othello sends Iago to deliver some official correspondence, and tells him to meet him later to inspect some fortifications. A maiden never bold,
Of spirit so still and quiet that her motion
Blushed at herself.
And she, in spite of nature,
Of years, of country, credit, everything,
To fall in love with what she feared to look on?
It is a judgment maimed and most imperfect
That will confess perfection so could err.
Against all rules of nature, and must be driven
To find out practices of cunning hell
Why this should be. When Othello speaks to Desdemona, he is moody and doesn't say much.
In fact we don't see them talk much during the whole play.
But when she isn't around, he proclaims his love:

"Excellent wretch! Perdition catch my soul
But I do love thee..." 1. What are the weaknesses in:
a. Othello's character
b. His relationship with Desdemona?

2. How does Iago use these weaknesses against Othello in Act 3 Scene 3? 1. Othello does his best to be 'white' in Venetian society.
2. Although people respect him for this, and his status as a soldier, he still experiences racial prejudice.
3. Deep down, he believes in this prejudice: that he is inferior.
4. Because of this, he cannot truly accept that Desdemona loves him.
5. This makes it easy for him to fall for Iago's lies and become mad with jealousy. What advice would you give to Othello and Desdemona? A Fatal Flaw L.O. To be able to analyse Shakespeare's portrayal of Othello in Act 3 Scene 3. “Some say that Othello’s tragic flaw was jealousy which flared at suspicion and rushed into action unchecked by calm common sense.

A more modern interpretation would say that Othello’s tragic flaw is that he had internalised, that is taken into himself, the prejudices of those who surround him” An Alternative Discuss on your tables. What does this mean?

Humming Maggie.

Hit by a virus,

the Caucasian Craze;

sees horror in the mirror.

Frantic and dutifully

she corrodes a sooty face.

braves a hot iron comb

on a shrubby scalp.

I look on.

I know pure white,

a white heart,

white, peace, ultimate virtue.

Angels are white

Angels are good.

Me, I’m black,

black as sin stuffed in a snuff-tin.

Lord, I’ve been brainwhitewashed.

But for Heaven’s sake God,

just let me be.

Under cover of my darkness

let me crusade.

On a canvas stretching from here

to Dallas, Memphis, Belsen, Golgotha,

I’ll daub a white devil.

Let me teach black truth.

That dark clouds aren’t a sign of doom,

but hope. Rain. Life.

Let me unleash a volty bolt of black,

so all around may know black right.

~ Stanley Mogoba (South Africa, 1973) “White Lies” Othello's Self-Image Duke: If virtue no delighted beauty lack,
Your son-in-law is far more fair than

- Act 1 Scene 3

Othello: Her name, that was as fresh
As Dian’s visage, is now begrimed
and black
As mine own face.

- Describing Desdemona in Act 3 Scene 3 How is Othello 'brainwhitewashed' here?
Not to affect many proposed matches
Of her own clime, complexion, and degree,
Whereto we see in all things nature tends Iago And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.

2 Corinthians 11:14 Discuss on your tables what this tells you about Othello and Desdemona's relationship. He is too gullible/ trusts people too much He is a jealous man As a black man in a white society, he has accepted the belief of those around him- that Desdemona cannot truly love him for who he is. Othello believes in the prejudice that surrounds him.
Consider the colours black and white.

Think of as many positive/negative images

a. associated with the word 'white'
b. associated with the word 'black' e.g. 'white angel' / 'white as a sheet'
'black beauty' / 'black heart' Starter Romeo & Juliet Othello & Desdemona
1. How are the main characters' fatal flaws linked to their downfall?
2. What are the barriers/threats to their love?
3. How are Desdemona and Juliet treated in their relationships? Questions to explore Substantial Love? How do Fatal Flaws affect their relationships? How do their relationships go against society? How do the couples deal with obstacles/threats? Romeo shows signs of impulsive infatuation (Rosaline) Obsessed with idea of love? Romeo and Juliet's first words form a sonnet (true love/meant to be/equality) Romeo - break in iambic pentameter shows contrast to his feelings for Rosaline. Married within 3 days? Friar Lawrence- Steady and slow, Romeo. Desdemona turned down a lot of men from Venice and chose Othello, despite the controversy. Othello wooed Desdemona slowly with tales of his adventures. Othello seems to be enthusiastic only when she isn't around- abrupt and formal like a military man when she is. Desdemona lies about the handkerchief and seems to fear Othello. Romeo is impulsive and kills Tybalt without thinking what the consequences will be. Romeo's impulsiveness makes his instant love for Juliet seem rash and immature. Othello has internalised the prejudices around him- Desdemona can't really love him?

Othello's self-hatred makes him jealous and un-trusting of D. Romeo and Juliet are from opposing families.

Romeo and Juliet heavily use religious imagery to describe their relationship. Borders on Blasphemy.

Juliet vs. father - marriage to Paris arranged.

Desdemona vs. Father - open and defiant.

Othello is a black man in white society. Interracial marriage not accepted.

Othello & Des. religiously incompatible (Des = Angel; Othello= Devil) Romeo's relationship softens him, making him unable to hate tybalt. Romeo and Juliet are secretive.

Romeo and Juliet cannot live without eachother and commit suicide.

Othello and Desdemona are also secretive at first, but then entirely open.

Othello trusts Iago over his wife, leading to tragic end.

Othello similarly cannot live with the death of D, but only because she is revealed to be innocent. Intro Conclusion Controlled Assessment Step 1: Pick your points. Step 2: Mark the quotes you think you'll need on the quote sheet.

Step 3: Summarise the quotes in note form (i.e. 'Romeo use religious imagery') beneath each point.

Step 3: Find the quotes in your books. Write down the page numbers you need next to your quote summaries in your plan.
Write your name and number pages
Do not write the date. Points to Remember:

1. Introduce each section of your essay before writing about your points. (This is important in the Fatal Flaw section- you will need to show some knowledge of what a tragedy is)

2. Part of the mark scheme looks for historical context. Make sure you mention attitudes to women/moors or religious attitudes towards blasphemy in your answer.

3. Answer the question. Remember it's about Shakespeare's presentation of relationships. Talk a lot about what he is trying to do. Use his name a lot!

4. Remember this is a comparison question. It is best to compare one point from each play at a time. A typical structure for one of your four sections:

Substantial Love?


5. Embed quotes! e.g Capulet displays Elizabethan Attitudes to women when he says to Juliet "you be mine, I'll give you to my friend" Paragraphs Compare the way Shakespeare presents the relationship between Romeo and Juliet, and between Othello and Desdemona. LO: To be able to improve upon a draft essay. Essay Review Common Mistakes: 1. 2. 3. Answer the question At the end of each PEE paragraph, you must answer the question.

You do this by stating what Shakespeare is trying to suggest about the relationships.

E.G. 'By introducing a break in the iambic pentameter of Romeo's speech in this way, Shakespeare is suggesting that his love for Juliet is more substantial than his love for Rosaline.

If you don't talk about what Shakespeare is trying to say about the relationship, you have not answered the question. Embed your quotes. Long quotes = bad
Short phrases/words from the text embedded into your own sentences = good.

e.g. 'Romeo describes Juliet as a 'holy shrine' and he is described as a 'pilgrim.' Link your paragraphs. You are comparing, so you must link your paragraphs. Don't just jump from one point to the next.

Link by using comparative language:

Similarly/In contrast/On the other hand/Likewise/ In the same way etc. Other minor things:

1. Substantial love is not a theme of Shakespeare's; it is just an area you are investigating. You are considering how true/substantial their love is presented to be.

2. Never retell big chunks of the story.

3. Follow the PEE structure. One point per paragraph, supported by evidence and fully explained. Example PEE paragraph.

In both plays, the couples' relationships are presented by Shakespeare as being in opposition to the societies in which they live.
Romeo and Juliet's families are at war with each relationship goes against society... other and their relationship would have been unacceptable as a result. This is indicated by Juliet at the Capulet ball, when she realises that Romeo is a Montague and exclaims that her 'only love' has 'sprung' from her 'only hate'. Her words clearly reveal the hateful relationship that exists between the families and how inappropriate a relationship with Romeo would be as a result. Indeed, in Elizabethan times, rules relating to family and honour would arguably have been much more important than they are now, and audiences at the time would be fully aware of such barriers to love. This sense of honour is displayed in full by Tybalt in the same scene in his seething reaction to Romeo's presence at the ball. Shakespeare thus presents their relationship as something forbidden by society, so much so that Juliet finds herself in an impossible dilemma. In a similar way, Othello and Desdemona's Real/Substantial Love? How do Fatal Flaws affect their relationships? How do their relationships go against society? How do the couples deal with obstacles/threats? Point Planner Romeo & Juliet Othello Summarise the story of Othello in 10 plot points. In your groups:

How would you structure an essay paragraph?
What would you include? Point
Evidence (multiple 'bits' + context given)
- What is you interpretation of the quote- what do you learn?
- Any words that Shakespeare uses that are particularly effective in getting his message across?
- Any comments about historical context you can make?
- Overall how is Shakespeare trying to present the relationship here? (answering question) 1. Identify points we can make to answer our question.
2. Pick bits of evidence to go with those points.
3. Copy our plans to A4 ready for the controlled assessment. Must Finish! Compare the way Shakespeare presents the relationship between Romeo & Juliet and Othello & Desdemona Shakespeare uses various strategies in order to present the relationships between the main characters in his plays. In this essay, I will be exploring the strategies he uses to present the relationship between Romeo & Juliet and Othello & Desdemona and the similarities and differences between them. Compare the ways in which Shakespeare presents the relationship between Romeo & Juliet and Othello & Desdemona
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