This resource includes a 2 minute video clarifying dramatic irony. The discussion deals with how central dramatic irony is to the suspense and indeed the pathos of this play.
To show how prevalent this dramatic irony is in 'Othello', I have chosen 25 striking examples of this strategy. They are arranged in a table alongside two columns headed 's/he thinks' - 'we know'. One of these columns is left blank for students to fill in their own response based on their knowledge of the play.
In this way we trace the tragic course of the plot of "Othello', noting how brilliantly Shakespeare manipulates our emotions.
This product works so well as a way of directing discussion around the intrigue and deception in the play, as well as the characters and their feelings as they are drawn towards their destruction.
What is more, if students were unclear about the many ways in which dramatic irony works, they certainly won't be when they have completed this exercise.
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