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William Shakespeare

Discover teaching ideas and lesson planning inspiration through our range of resources, activities and other supporting materials on Shakespeare's Othello.

Othello is the story of a General in the Venetian army who is targeted by Iago, a trusted soldier who enacts his revenge on him over the course of the play with tragic results.

The reasons behind Iago’s actions and jealousy are subject to lots of debate; is it because he believes Othello is having an affair with his wife? Is it because Othello is a Moor and racially different?  There are lots of themes you can chose to explore in Othello, including:

  • Jealousy
  • Revenge
  • War

There are so many different ways of exploring the text but you may find the following particularly useful in introducing the text:

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