English 1302:  Othello Analysis Guidelines

 

Instructions:  Write an 800-1000 word (2 ½ - 3 ½ pages in MLA format) analysis focusing on characters and themes in Shakespeare’s Othello.

 

 

 

Please choose one of the following topics for your analysis:

 

1)The male characters’ perception and treatment of the female characters in the play

2)Desdemona as a strong and/or weak character

3)Emilia's transformation from a weak to a strong character

 

*Here is a more challenging topic:  Analyze Iago’s use of reverse psychology and when he deceives other characters by telling truths within his lies.

 

Other topics may be chosen upon my approval.

 

 

Due Date: Final Exam Day (See Schedule) 

 

 

 

 

Some writing tips:

 

Use basic essay structure such as Intro w/thesis, body paragraphs w/ clear topic sentences and transitions.

 

Do not use outside sources or borrow their ideas.  Focus on the text and support your points with lines from the classic text.  (Plagiarism will not be tolerated!). Do not cite a modern translation.

 

Cite Shakespeare by Act, Scene, and Line Number(s):

Your words “textual support” (2.3.425). 

OR Introduce the Act and Scene: In Act 2, Scene 3, your words “quote” (425).

 

If citing more than one consecutive line, your words “text / next line of text” (2.3.425-26).

 

 

Avoid 1st and 2nd person “I” and “you” – use 3rd person/non-personal perspective.

 

 

 

 

Please choose one of the following topics for your analysis:

 

1)The male characters’ perception and treatment of the female characters in the play

2)Desdemona as a strong and/or weak character

3)Emilia's transformation from a weak to a strong character

 

*Here is a more challenging topic:  Analyze Iago’s use of reverse psychology and when he deceives other characters by telling truths within his lies.

 

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