Othello: Study Guide

for Cambridge IGCSE Literature in English

With key themes of love, loyalty, jealousy and power, Othello: The Moor of Venice, is about as close as Shakespeare gets to classical tragedy and its twisting intrigue will have your students gripped. Unpick every startling scene with this comprehensive resource offering targeted, detailed notes and analysis to lead students through the play.

  1. Walkthrough – Build understanding of the chosen text with insightful and relevant commentary and analysis. All scenes are concisely summarised, then examined in detail.
  2. Whole-text Analysis – Explores: Characterisation • Relationships • Setting • Themes • Ideas and Messages • Language • Form • Structure • Context


  • Student-friendly plot summary
  • Key term glossary
  • Further reading
  • Original illustrations

Woven into the analysis throughout you will find:

  • Discussion prompts to encourage debate and individual interpretation
  • Active learning tasks to deepen understanding
  • Essay tips and questions for excellent exam practice
  • Key term definitions to ensure students grasp difficult concepts

Suggested answers are provided for questions and activities.