This entire blog was produced by one of my year 10 students. The task was transform any Act/Scene/extract from Shakespeare’s “Othello” into another text type. Beyond that, students were asked to write a reflective essay (or rationale) explaining some of their thought processes surrounding the importance of the original text and the effect of the conventions in their modified piece.

Go Away, Othello

William Shakespeare’s Othello was written in the 16th century, a time in which in which duty was highly valued. I chose to transform Act 1 and an excerpt of Act 2, Scene 3, focussing on the character of Iago. An overarching theme these scenes share is Iago’s constant scheming and plotting. The themes and issues presented include jealousy, dishonesty and the difference between appearance and reality. From his dialogue and actions, it seems that Iago is motivated out of jealousy, and seeks to be dishonest and conniving to seek his revenge on Othello for passing him over for the position of lieutenant. I chose to transform these scenes because they give a true, strong first impression of Iago, rather than the façade he presents to other characters throughout the course of the play.
I chose to modernise my transformation, writing it as a blog post — one per scene. The…

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