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Discuss the theme of jealousy in the play ‘Othello’, paying particular attention to the characters of Iago and Othello. You should also ensure that you analyse the language used by Shakespeare to achieve different effects.

Discuss the theme of jealousy in the play ‘Othello’, paying particular attention to the characters of Iago and
Othello. You should also ensure that you analyse the language used by Shakespeare to achieve different
effects.
LEARNING OUTCOMES
ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
The learner will:
The learner can:
Understand the interpretative nature of text and performance
1.1 Evaluate different interpretations of a given text
Be able to discuss text using relevant literary terminology
2.1 Employ relevant literary terminology within the analysis of a Shakespearean text
Understand theatrical conventions
3.1 Analyse the writer’s choice of form, structure and theatrical conventions
3.2 Analyse the development of and the relationship between two or more characters within a text
Understand the significance of cultural, social and historical influences on both producers and audiences
4.1 Explain the contexts of a play and the ways in which they influence the play and its reception
Type of Assignment
Essay
Assignment Brief
In this assignment you are expected to analyse the play and discuss the importance of the theme of jealousy.
You should focus mainly on the characters of Iago and Othello, and also on the way Shakespeare uses devices
such as recurring imagery and dramatic structure to achieve different effects.
TASK 1:
Assessment Criteria: 1.1, 2.1, 3.1, 3.2, 4.1
Grade Descriptors: 1, 2, 5, 7
Discuss the theme of jealousy in the play ‘Othello’, paying particular attention to the characters of Iago and
Othello. You should also ensure that you analyse the language used by Shakespeare to achieve
Grade Descriptor 1: Understanding of the subject
For merit, your work must demonstrate a very good grasp of the relevant knowledge base.
For distinction, your work must demonstrate an excellent grasp of the relevant knowledge base.
Grade Descriptor: 2: Application of Knowledge (AK)
For merit, you must make use of relevant ideas that demonstrate breadth or depth that goes beyond the minimum
required to pass, with very good levels of analysis, insight and synthesis.
For distinction, you must make use of relevant ideas that demonstrate both breadth and depth that goes beyond
the minimum required to pass, with excellent levels of analysis, insight and synthesis.
Grade Descriptor 5: Communication and Presentation (CP)
For merit, work should show a very good command of format, structure, language (including technical or
specialist language), referencing, spelling and punctuation
For distinction, work should show an excellent command of format, structure, language (including technical or
specialist language), referencing, spelling and punctuation
Grade Descriptor 7: Quality
For merit, your work must be structured in a way that is generally logical and fluent.
For distinction, your work must be structured in a way that is consistently logical and fluent.
Assignment Guidelines
Presentation:
Size 12 – Arial, Tahoma or Verdana
Double line spaced
Useful Sources of Information
Croft,S. and Myers,R. Exploring Language & Literature, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2004.
ISBN:- 0 19 831457 4
Roberts, D. Out in The Dark: Poetry of the First World War in context and with basic notes, Saxon Books,
London, 1998.
ISBN 10:- 0952896915
ISBN 13:- 978-0952896913
You will also find a vast amount of helpful information on the internet. Be sure to make a note of the websites
you visit. Remember to look for A Level standard texts and articles.

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