Genre, age, race and gender
This resource focuses on the relationship between Othello and Desdemona and leads students on a detailed exploration of genre, age, race and gender. Suitable for students who have already read/studied the play. Suggested answers and teacher notes are provided.
Uxoricide and age
- Look up the term uxoricide and write down a short explanation or definition in your own words.
- Modern research into uxoricide has found that women have a significantly higher risk of being the victim if there is a big age gap, with their husband/boyfriend being much older than they are. Shakespeare provides hints that there is a significant age gap between Othello and Desdemona. There are several references to Desdemona’s youth, most notably by Brabantio in Act 1 Scene 1.
- Find at least one of Brabantio’s references to Desdemona’s age in the opening scene of the play.
- How old do you think, based on the references to Desdemona’s age in the opening of the play, Desdemona is (roughly)?
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