This resource includes a carefully researched 3 minute talk on appearance versus reality.
The question of what is real and what is not highlights a less obvious theme of 'Othello' - that of 'evidence'. Think of how flimsy the 'evidence' of the handkerchief is and yet poor Desdemona is condemned to death, largely on this basis.
I thought it would be interesting to explore this theme as if we were CSI detectives sifting through evidence to extract factual information. So here is a a fun CSI themed activity on deducing and proving the facts from Act 1 Scene 3 of Othello.
A second activity in this resource helps students fathom rhetorical strategies and effects occurring in one of Iago's soliloquies. How is he so successful at fooling everyone?
These exercises are not only a great way of engaging with a major theme from the play but also provide a method that learners can use when supplying proofs in their own literature essays.
I used this to help my students develop analytical skills as well as argumentative strategies.
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