Othello - Tragic Hero

Updated: 2/5/2021
Othello - Tragic Hero
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Othello Lesson Plans

The Tragedy of Othello, the Moor of Venice

Lesson Plans by Rebecca Ray

If you haven't read The Tragedy of Othello, the Moor of Venice by William Shakespeare yet, you are in for a crazy soap opera of lies and suspicion! Shakespeare delivers again with this masterful and tragic tale of lovers and traitors. In Othello, racism, jealousy, and prejudice all culminate with sorrow and murder. Captivate your students and keep them on track with this tricky plot!
Heroes Lesson Plans

Types of Heroes in Literature

Lesson Plans by Rebecca Ray

Certain protagonists are considered to have universal qualities and these qualities are called archetypes. Archetypes have similar characteristics throughout literature and make unpredictable characters easier to understand. One archetype is the hero - defined as a person who is admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities. However, there is more than one hero archetype.


The Tragedy of Othello, the Moor of Venice

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Othello Tragic Hero | Teach Othello as a Tragic Hero with comics!

Storyboard Text

  • HAMARTIA
  • Look, my mistress dropped her kerchief!
  • HUBRIS
  • When are you going to reinstate Cassio?
  • PERIPETEIA
  • Why did you betray me?!
  • Othello’s jealousy becomes his downfall when Iago manipulates him. He "lov'd not wisely but too well".
  • ANAGNORISIS
  • Please, wait. Let me explain. Iago is to blame...
  • Othello's hubris allows Iago to manipulate him. Through the seed of suspicion, Iago can convince Othello, without any proof, that Desdemona is cheating on him.
  • NEMESIS
  • Oh, no.
  • Othello kills Desdemona after he believes that Cassio has slept with her.
  • CATHARSIS
  • Emilia exposes Iago’s plan.
  • Desdemona has been smothered, and Othello kills himself from grief. Iago is sent away to be tortured.
  • The audience is left remorseful for the couple who was thwarted by jealousy and revenge.