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Past exam questions on ‘Othello’

Here are the questions that have come up on ‘Othello’ in the past. It is worth examining these to gain a sense of what kind of questions can come up on this complicated text. 2008 Question 1 ‘Othello’s foolishness rather than Iago’s cleverness leads to the tragedy of Shakepeare’s Othello.’ Discuss this statement supporting your […]


Some important quotes from Act III of ‘Othello’

Here are some quotes to learn for the quotes test that you will be sitting on Act III: Scene 1 ‘The general and his wife are talking of it, And she speaks for you stoutly. The Moor replies That he you hurt is of great fame in Cyprus And great affinity; and that in wholesome […]


Iago’s temptation of Othello

As we read through the lengthy ‘Temptation Scene’, it may be useful for you to have a visual image of how Iago poisons Othello’s love for Desdemona. In the 1995 version of the film, director Oliver Parker uses clever editing to suggest that this conversation has taken place over a longer period of time than […]


Some key quotes from Act II of ‘Othello’

Remember to keep on top of your quotes as we are progressing through the play! Here are some of the key quotes from the second Act: Scene 1 ‘News, lads! Our wars are done: The desperate tempest hath so banged the Turks That their designment halts. A noble ship of Venice Hath seen a grievous […]


Iago’s soliloquy from Act 2 Scene 1

We have seen Kenneth Brannagh’s performance of Iago’s soliloquy at the end of the first Act. Here is another well-known British actor performing one of Iago’s soliloquys – this time it is Bob Hoskins. He is equally as scheming and unscrupulous.



Some key quotes from Act I of ‘Othello’

It is essential to keep up to date with quotations from ‘Othello’. They will form a central part of every essay that you write. If you learn them well in now, it will make life much easier for you later on. Here are some of the key quotes from Act I: Scene 1 ‘I know […]


‘Othello’ – National Theatre Live

The National Theatre presents a major new production of William Shakespeare’s celebrated play about the destructive power of jealousy. Olivier Award-winning actor Adrian Lester takes the title role. Playing opposite him as the duplicitous Iago is fellow Olivier Award-winner Rory Kinnear, who is reunited with director Nicholas Hytner. Othello, newly married to Desdemona – who […]