• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

GCSE: Othello

Browse by

Currently browsing by:

Meet our team of inspirational teachers

find out about the team

Get help from 80+ teachers and hundreds of thousands of student written documents

  • Marked by Teachers essays 5
  • Peer Reviewed essays 24
  1. Marked by a teacher

    Give a detailed analysis of Othello's final speech,

    3 star(s)

    This speech is important as it is the culmination of the whole play and all the issues raised as to the love and mind of "the Moor" are addressed. The whole last scene, Act 5 Scene 2 is a closing of the tragic and powerful story. This scene is as important as Act 2 Scene 2 or Act 4 Scene 1 all of which will be reviewed in this essay. The importance of each theme covered in Othello will also be looked at and I will investigate its meaning and why it was used as it was by Shakespeare.

    • Word count: 1699
  2. Peer reviewed

    Why Act 3, Scene 3 is a significant turning point in Othello

    5 star(s)

    He is regarded as a trusted general of Venice, and fights for his people with determination and pride. After his secret elopement with Desdemona, a wealthy senator's daughter, Othello has created a lot of anger and discredited himself, but he manages to maintain his dignified image, claiming "I fetch my life and being from men of royal siege", thus equalling himself to the noble senators. When challenged to a duel by the furious Brabantio, Othello ensures that the dispute will be settled by words and not fisticuffs, commanding "put up your bright swords, for the dew will rust them".

    • Word count: 1970
  3. Peer reviewed

    Iago is fascinating for his most terrible characteristic: his utter lack of convincing motivation for his actions.

    4 star(s)

    Thus making him both a powerful and compelling figure. He seems to be the puppeteer of all the other characters in the play, almost knowing what they think and feel and how they operate. He is the one that they trust and confide in and he uses this to his advantage, he enjoys being the one in control and therefore doesn't need much to convince himself that what he is doing is right. Iago is able to take the handkerchief from Emilia and know that he can deflect her questions; he is able to tell Othello of the handkerchief and know that Othello will not doubt him.

    • Word count: 1884
  4. Peer reviewed

    Imagery in Othello

    4 star(s)

    Iago's main agenda is to ruin the life of Othello, his master and general, and he achieves this by blackening and poisoning people's minds with his power of persuasion. Poison is a recurring image in the play and it first appears near the beginning of the play, where Iago and Roderigo go to inform Senator Brabantio that Othello has married his daughter, the fair Desdemona, and Iago most certainly goes in order to blacken Brabantio's idea of Othello. 'Call up her father...Plague him with flies,' (I, i, 68-71).

    • Word count: 1026
  5. Peer reviewed

    Explore Shakespeare's presentation of jealousy in 'Othello'

    4 star(s)

    However unlike Othello, Iago has a different forms of jealousy he holds; the form of personal and professional jealousy. This is linked to a feeling of envy which sets the play in motion. Iago says that hatred and jealousy "gnaw at his inwards" like poison, however his ultimate aim is to poison Cassio and Othello and make them suffer as he is. He believes that he has been "cuckolded," by his wife Emilia "For I fear Cassio with my nightcap too." However we are never told if Iago' suspicions are true yet jealousy seems to absorb him until he has destroyed everything in his way.

    • Word count: 1165
  6. Peer reviewed

    How does Shakespeare explore the theme of loyalty in Othello?

    3 star(s)

    Whether or not Iago has a capacity to be trusting is not clear in the play, however his untrustworthiness would counterbalance any signs of his ability to trust others. Although he believes Othello has abused his trust in not promoting him to be his lieutenant, you get the impression that he would use any event as an excuse to justify his villainy. Although Othello is absolutely trustworthy, his fault lies in his ability to trust others. The Senate and the people of Cyprus hold him in high regard.

    • Word count: 1245
  7. Peer reviewed

    Discuss the significance of Act III sc. iii with particular reference to how Shakespeare creates dramatic tension

    3 star(s)

    Othello also uses a lot of short sentences such as "O misery" and "Ha?" and could indicate anger and also that he is not thinking clearly and that, because he is black and a 'moor', not fluent with the language and feels ill at ease and he can't fit in with the rest of society and feels an 'outcast' and so might be more prone to Iago's lies and deceit than anyone else. Another way that Shakespeare creates dramatic tension is Iago saying long, fluent sentences which juxtaposes Othello saying short sentences.

    • Word count: 1358
  8. Peer reviewed

    Appearances and assumptions in Shakespeare's Othello

    3 star(s)

    Nobody suspects that Iago is a deceitful man and that he would scheme and plan to destroy the characters of Othello, Cassio and Desdemona in such a cunning and cruel way. Iago uses his reputation, as well as the insecurities of Othello, to allow him to manipulate and ultimately destroy Othello. Othello has a reputation of being a military man, and a courageous leader. "Valiant Othello, We must straight employ you..." "Here comes Brabantio and the valiant Moor." Othello was chosen when they went to fight the Turkish fleet.

    • Word count: 1179
  9. Peer reviewed

    What techniques does Shakespeare use to reveal Iago's villainy?

    3 star(s)

    Othello interestedly says "what dost thou say, Iago?" Iago the produces a question "Did Michael Cassio, when you woo'd my lady know of your love?" which is, in this case, the first question to doubt Othello's mind. Othello replies with "he did, from first to last, why dost thou ask?" meaning Cassio did know about their love, Othello is a it confused by the question so asks Iago why he asked, Iago then sneakily continues with "but for satisfaction of my thought, no further harm" and this is to keep Othello interested but still in doubt of what's going on and what's the point of it all.

    • Word count: 1931

Conclusion analysis

Good conclusions usually refer back to the question or title and address it directly - for example by using key words from the title.
How well do you think these conclusions address the title or question? Answering these questions should help you find out.

  1. Do they use key words from the title or question?
  2. Do they answer the question directly?
  3. Can you work out the question or title just by reading the conclusion?

Marked by a teacher

This document has been marked by one of our great teachers. You can read the full teachers notes when you download the document.

Peer reviewed

This document has been reviewed by one of our specialist student essay reviewing squad. Read the full review on the document page.

Peer reviewed

This document has been reviewed by one of our specialist student document reviewing squad. Read the full review under the document preview on this page.