Othello and Globe Theater Study Guide

Act I Exposition Characters, Settings, ConflictOthello and Desdemona elope, Iago is passed over for promotion
Act II Rising Action Conflict DevelopsIago sets plan in place; Cassio loses his promotion
Act III Climax Iago’s plan succeedsOthello plans Cassio’s deathOthello’s character changes drastically
Act IV Falling Action Conflict ClosingOthello plans Desdemona’s death; Iago gets the promotion and plots Cassio’s death
Act V Resolution Iago’s plan revealedOthello kills himself Cassio now rules
Cuckhold A man whose wife had an affair with another man while everyone else is aware but that man.
Desdemona and Othello were doomed from the beginning Because of their different race and cultures
Othello is accepted He is a good war general
Dramatic Irony Audience knows something the characters dontEx: We know Iago is not honest while everyone else thinks he is.
Apostrophe When characters talk to an item and giving it human traits”O thou invisible spirit of wine” -Cassio
Setting Cyprus
Internal Conflict Conflict inside the characterEx: Othello on whether he should kill Desdemona or not
Error and Judgement Not checking facts (Othello listens to Iago)
Othello the Moor and the Tragic Hero
Desdemona Othello’s faithful wife who was killed in the end
Brabantio Desdemona’s father who she deceives
Emilia Iago’s wife; Desdemona’s attendant
Roderigo Man in love with Desdemona
Cassio Got the promotion Iago wanted; was said that he was in love with Desdemona
Iago Mad at Othello for not getting the promotion and plotted revenge against him.
Bianca Prostitute that was in love with Cassio; who didn’t love him back
Aside character goes to the side of the stage where they talk to the audience or himself
Monologue Long uninterrupted speech that one character addresses to another *other characters are on the stage
Soliloquy Long speech reveals true thoughts and feelings, unheard by others, because he is alone; Internal Conflict
Shakespeare’s audience loved Violence
Poor people groundlings
Where the aristocrats sat Galleries
Heckle throws food/harass the actors
Time of a play from 2 pm to 4 or 5 pm
Cannon signaled the beginning of the play
Purtians religious people who disliked the plays because they interrupted church and were immoral
Playbills Play advertisements
Trap doors Leads to under the stage which is represented as Hell
Sunlight Only light used for plays
Companies Small groups of actors
Pickpockets tied to posts and publicly humiliated
Boys Played female roles because they had higher voices and woman weren’t allowed to act
Tragedy drama where central characters suffered disaster/great misfortune
The Tragic Hero of noble birth; destruction is for the greater good
Tragic Flaws Cause of the destruction of the Tragic Hero
Pride The Tragic Flaw that leads to the downfall of the Tragic Hero
Enlightenment when he/she finally understands what he/she has done he/she contributed to the tragic situation
Death of the Tragic Hero not a pure loss, because it results in greater knowledge and awareness

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