2 A Brief History: Elizabethan England Who was Queen of England during the time Shakespeare began to write? Who ruled after her? Give the approximate dates of the Elizabethan period.Elizabethan TimelineDescribe London during this time. Note 3 other interesting facts about Elizabethan England.Life in Elizabethan England
3 The Role of WomenThe women in Othello play an interesting role in this drama. To fully understand their place in Elizabethan society, answer the following quesitons
4 The Role of WomenDescribe the status of women. How would a young woman respond to a request from her father? What were practices and ideas relating to marriage and family?The Role of WomenLove and Marriage
5 Racial IssuesUsing the web sites below, find information about the Moors (Othello’s people), the Turks (or Ottoman Empire, the invading party), and other “outsiders” to the Elizabethans. As you read, consider the relevance of this play in 21st century America and the world.
6 Racial IssuesWho were the Moors? From where did they come? What were they doing in Europe in the sixteenth century? What religious or cultural practices are associated with them?InfoPlease: MoorsA Cultural Context for OthelloWhat was the Elizabethan attitude toward foreigners in general and non-Christians—such as Turks—in particular?Outsiders
7 the people of Shakespeare’s time. SettingThe play begins in the prosperous city of Venice, Italy in approximately In Shakespeare’s time, Venice would have been a very popular and well-known city, with various attitudes surrounding it. The second half of the play takes place on the island of Cyprus. This island also had special significance tothe people of Shakespeare’s time.
8 SettingHistorically, what was going on in the latter half of the 1500s in Venice? What was the culture like?History of VeniceThe Venetian RepublicDescribe the Venetians’ relationship with Cyprus during the 1570s.The Ottomans in Europe