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Published: 10/07/2019
KS5 | Plays
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Significance of the handkerchief

Activities to help students explore the significance of the handkerchief in the play.

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Iago describes the handkerchief, which he knows is so important to Othello, as  

‘… a handkerchief
Spotted with strawberries …’ (Act 3 Scene 3)

Imagine you are that handkerchief. Research the text to plot out your journey:

  • Who was your original owner?
  • Whose hands have you been in?
  • Who was given you as a gift?
  • What is your significance in the unfolding of the play’s tragic denouement?
  • What do you symbolise and how does this link to the main concerns/themes in the play?

See other resources: Othello

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