Skip to 0 minutes and 7 secondsOTHELLO: Have you prayed tonight, Desdemona?

Skip to 0 minutes and 10 secondsDESDEMONA: Aye, my lord.

Skip to 0 minutes and 13 secondsOTHELLO: If you bethink yourself of any crime unreconciled as yet to heaven and grace, solicit for it straight.

Skip to 0 minutes and 21 secondsDESDEMONA: Alack, my lord, what may you mean by that?

Skip to 0 minutes and 24 secondsOTHELLO: Well, do it and be brief. I will walk by. I would not kill thy unprepared spirit. No, heavens forfend, I would not kill thy soul.

Skip to 0 minutes and 32 secondsDESDEMONA: Talk you of killing?

Skip to 0 minutes and 33 secondsOTHELLO: I do.

Skip to 0 minutes and 34 secondsDESDEMONA: Then, heaven have mercy on me!

Skip to 0 minutes and 39 secondsOTHELLO: Amen, with all my heart.

Skip to 0 minutes and 41 secondsDESDEMONA: If you say so, I hope you will not kill me.

Skip to 0 minutes and 46 secondsOTHELLO: Huh.

Skip to 0 minutes and 47 secondsDESDEMONA: And yet, I fear you. Why I should fear, I know not, since guiltiness I know not. But yet, I feel. I fear.

Skip to 0 minutes and 59 secondsOTHELLO: Think on thy sins.

Skip to 1 minute and 1 secondDESDEMONA: They are the loves I bear to you.

Skip to 1 minute and 4 secondsOTHELLO: Aye, and for that, thou diest.

Skip to 1 minute and 9 seconds[WHIMPERING, CRYING]

Skip to 1 minute and 15 secondsDESDEMONA: That death is unnatural that kills for loving!

Skip to 1 minute and 20 secondsOTHELLO: Peace!

Skip to 1 minute and 25 secondsAnd be still.

Skip to 1 minute and 27 secondsDESDEMONA: I will so.

Skip to 1 minute and 41 secondsWhat's the matter?

Skip to 1 minute and 46 secondsOTHELLO: That handkerchief, which I so loved and gave thee, thou gav'st to Cassio.

Skip to 1 minute and 51 secondsDESDEMONA: No, by life and soul! Send for the man and ask him!

Skip to 1 minute and 56 secondsOTHELLO: Sweet soul, take heed. Take heed of perjury. Thou art on thy deathbed!

Skip to 2 minutes and 1 secondDESDEMONA: Ay, but not yet to die.

Performing Act 5 Scene 2

In this video you will see the RSC 2015 acting company performing part of Act 5 Scene 2 on stage.

As you watch consider:

  • How these final, domestic, moments are staged.

  • What choices have been made and what impact those have on how you see Desdemona and Othello in their final moments.

Having watched the video, share your thoughts on the following questions in the Comments:

  • Do you feel sympathy for Othello in this scene, as a tragic protagonist? Why or why not?

  • How has the tragedy been heightened?

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This video is from the free online course:

Othello: In Performance

University of Birmingham