Honors English II—Othello
Act III Gallery Walk
Instructions: Take notes on the gallery posters for each of the questions or quote sets below. For each,
pick out 2-3 of the most interesting/important points from the poster—along with support—for your
notes. If you’re interested in one of the gallery topics for an essay, it’s a good idea to jot down more than
2-3 points for that poster!
1. They are not ever jealous for the cause,
But jealous for they are jealous. 'Tis a monster
Begot upon itself, born on itself. (III.iv.181-183)
What does image of the green-eyed monster signify (III.iii.195-7)? How is it represented as a
theme throughout the play?
2. Why do you think Othello is willing to believe Iago without confronting his wife with the
accusation? What do you believe Shakespeare is saying about the relationships between men and
women during the time?
3. Recall that a foil is a character who contrasts or parallels a main character in a literary work.
Some critics label Emilia and Bianca as foils for Desdemona. How do these women parallel and
contrast with Desdemona? Why would Shakespeare want to use them as foils?
4. In the final scene of Act III, Bianca is angry with Cassio. How do Bianca and Othello parallel each
other in their relationships with their significant others? Why would Shakespeare include this
parallel? What commentary is he making on the way men operate in relationships versus the
way women operate?
5. Trifles light as air
Are to the jealous confirmations strong
As proofs of Holy Writ. (III.iii.370-372)
There's magic in the web of it. (III.iv.81)
6. No, Iago,
I'll see before I doubt, when I doubt, prove,
And on the proof, there is no more but this --
Away at once with love or jealousy! (III.iii.220-224)
I think my wife be honest, and think she is not.
I think that thou art just, and think thou are not.
I'll have some proof. (III.iii.439-441)
I do not think but Desdemona's honest. (III.iii.265)