Othello Character Map

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Othello Characters

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As students read, a storyboard can serve as a helpful character reference log. This log (also called a character map) allows students to recall relevant information about important characters. When reading a play, small attributes and details frequently become important as the plot progresses. With character mapping, students will record this information, helping them follow along and catch the subtleties which make reading more enjoyable!

Using a character map for Shakespeare is often even more beneficial because it also allows students to record the nuances of characteristics that create foil characters. The information that they record will help them to return and review personalities that contrast. The ability to visually see this with help bridge connections for students and make understanding the concept easier.


Major Characters in Othello

Othello A Venetian general sent to Cyprus to stop Turkish invaders.
Desdemona Daughter of a Venetian senator. She married Othello secretly.
Iago The villain, and Othello’s ensign.
Cassio Michael Cassio is Othello’s Lieutenant. He is framed for an affair with Desdemona.
Roderigo A rich Venetian who desperately wants to be with Desdemona.
Bianca A prostitute whom Cassio frequently visits.
Emilia Iago's wife.
Brabanzio Desdemona's father.


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Create a character map for the major characters.


  1. Identify the major characters in Othello and type their names into the different title boxes.
  2. Choose a character from the "Medieval" tab to represent each of the literary characters.
    • Select colors and a pose appropriate to story and character traits.
  3. Choose a scene or background that makes sense for the character.
  4. Fill in the Textables for Physical Features, Traits, Major Conflict, and Other Notes.
  5. Save and submit the assignment.
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