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Published: 02/12/2019
KS4 KS5 | Plays
5 pages

Iago's persuasive capabilities in Act 1 Scene 3

A resource to introduce the persuasive and manipulative talents of Iago. Explores how Iago uses elements of Aristotle's modes of persuasion within his conversation with Roderigo, with a focus on ethos, logos and pathos. This approach helps students understand the intellectual capabilities of Shakespeare's villain at the very start of the play so they can build upon this as they work through the text. Suitable for challenging students.

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Task 3: Research the actual definitions of these terms, completing the boxes below. 

There are some excellent TEDEd talks which might help you visualise these ideas and put them into real-life situations too:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3klMM9BkW5o – How to use rhetoric to get what you want.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O2dEuMFR8kw – What Aristotle and Joshua Bell can teach us about persuasion.

Ethos:

Pathos:

Logos:

   

See other resources: Othello


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