Othello Questions
 
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Study Questions for Othello
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Act I

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A critic said:
"You could strike out every reference to [Othello's] black skin and the play would be essentially the same. Othello's trouble is that he is an outsider. He is not a Venetian....The Senate has no consciousness whatever of his colour.... It simply has no place in their minds."
Do you agree or disagree with this statement?  Why?
(Source:http://starbuck.com/shakespeare/Othellohall/messages/36.html)

Other Critics say:

"Iago's final silence is equivalent to his suicide."
Do you agree or disagree with this statement?  Why?

"Iago only has to get [Othello] to suspect that Desdemona does not [really love him as the person he really is], to release the repressed fears and resentments of a lifetime, and the question of what she has done or not done is irrelevant."
Do you agree or disagree with this statement?  Why?

"The handkerchief  is the symbol of a woman's power, her loving, civilizing, sexual power."
Do you agree or disagree with this statement?  Why?
 
Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834) said that Iago displayed a "motiveless malignancy." 
What do you think? 

Final Questions:

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