Shakespeare’s plays are still widely read
today-some 500 years later- because
they cover themes that speak to
humanity. He portrays emotions and
experiences that everyone can relate to;
no matter their gender, culture, race or
Why study Shakespeare?
Let’s set the scene...
• A pair of lovers
• A friend
• Othello, a Moorish general in theVenetian army
• Desdemona, aVenetian lady
• Iago, Othello’s ancient or standard-bearer
• Cassio. Othello’s lieutenant or second in command
• Roderigo, aVenetian gentleman
• Emilia, Iago’s wife and Desdemona’s attendant
• Brabantio, aVenetian senator, father to Desdemona
• The Duke ofVenice
• Bianca, a woman in Cypress in love with Cassio
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