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1 Character Introduction OthelloCharacter Introduction
2 Othello The Moor General of the Venetian Army This is the name given to the medieval Muslim inhabitants of Morocco, western Algeria, Western Sahara, Mauritania, the Iberian Peninsula, etc.Term has also been used in Europe in a broader sense to refer to anyone of Arab or African descent, whether living in Spain or North AfricaNot a distinct or self-defined peopleGeneral of the Venetian ArmySecretly married to Desdemona
3 Desdemona Married to Othello Wealthy daughter of Brabantio, a Venetian senatorDisappoints her father by marrying Othello
4 Brabantio Venetian senator Father of Desdemona Is not happy that Othello secretly married his daughter
5 Roderigo The man on the left Is in love with Desdemona Hires Iago, the man on the right, to help him get together with DesdemonaWill do anything to be with Desdemona
6 Iago The man on the right Fought beside Othello for several years Has become a trusted advisorUpset that he was not promoted to lieutenantHates Othello and uses Roderigo in a plot against Othello
7 EmiliaIago’s wifeDesdemona’s servant and confidant
8 Michael Cassio The man on the left Othello’s trusted lieutenant Will do anything out of honor and reputation
10 Othello and tragedy Definition of tragedy… A type of drama where the major character undergoes a morally significant struggle that ends disastrouslyDeveloped by Greeks but perfected by ShakespeareGreek tragic hero lived, but suffered terribly as a result of his flaws and mistakesShakespeare preferred to kill off all his heroes
11 Tragedy’s central character: the Tragic Hero Greater than average manFalls short of perfectionTragic flawCauses hero to make mistakesCatharsis (a moment of realization that he caused his own difficulties)Downfall
12 Aristotle’s PoeticsAristotle wrote that the purpose of tragedy was to…Arouse the emotions of pity and fear in the audience, which relied on our ability to relate to the character’s flaws and mistakes.Produce for the audience a catharsis of its own, where we experience the character’s pain, but safely.This means that…Through tragedy, we are able to experience great emotions with no threat to ourselves.Hopefully through watching a tragedy we can learn from the mistakes of the hero and avoid a similar fate.
13 OthelloRegarding Iago and Roderigo, who seems to be in control?What has just happened?Who is Brabantio?What sort of person do you think the Moor is?Why are neither Othello or Desdemona mentioned by name in this scene?What sort of language does Iago use to tell Brabantio that his daughter has eloped?On what sort of fears and prejudices does Iago play?
14 Subtext: It’s not what you say, but HOW you say it! Text = surface meaningSubtext = the real meaningSubtext is conveyed by the following:Intonation (tone)StressPauseBody language: stance, gesture, eye contact or eye avoidance
15 Radio performances — who is the best??? Instructions:Do a round robin read throughDiscuss the speeches — make sure everyone understands every lineAssign parts — divide as necessary to make sure everyone has lines to speak.Run through your scene and practice to ensure an accurate interpretive reading.Use intonation, stress and pauses to convey the subtext accurately!