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Tuesday, 28 September 2010
Public & private Othello: Act 1.3 (28/09/10)
At the beginning of today's lesson we were asked to discuss the difference between the words "Exotic" & "Different". After we discussed this in pairs we were asked to feedback to the class, there were a range of ideas that suggested that the word "Different" was more used than the word "Exotic". Next the class decided that when someone/something was "Different" it was often referred to the unknown and was more negative compared to "Exotic" which was seen as unique (more positive). We then established the dictionary definitions of the words:
Exotic: From another part of the world; foreign.
Different: Uniquely new or of experimental nature.
With are gained knowledge of these words we then discussed whether the character of Othello could be classed as exotic or different. We concluded that Othello's character was both exotic and different.
Sir then added a new word to our vocabulary..
Dichotomy - A split that divides something into 2 parts
Following this we then started to read Act 1 Scene 3. (The duke is telling Othello about the Turks coming to invade Cyprus but is interrupted by Brabantio)
At the end of this scene we gather that Othello is a very composed & humble character who feels he is not in the wrong.
The rest of the lesson was focused around Othello's speech during this scene. (Click link to listen to speech)
The class then split into groups and had to act out a portion of Othello's speech & emphasize certain aspects which showed:
1. Othello's bravery and determination as a warrior
2. Othello's love for Desdemona
3. Noble savage
4. His intelligence and ability to argue in public
5. His passionate nature
Our final task was to come up with a conclusion stating if Othello was different or exotic, we also had to evaluate what the speech shows and how the speech reflects Othello's public/private life.
Homework: Note 10 bullet points on the Ottoman empire and the Venetian empire, Due Thursday.