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Performing Act 5 Scene 2

Watch the RSC 2015 acting company performing part of Othello Act 5 Scene 2 on stage.
6.9
OTHELLO: Have you prayed tonight, Desdemona?
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DESDEMONA: Aye, my lord.
12.9
OTHELLO: If you bethink yourself of any crime unreconciled as yet to heaven and grace, solicit for it straight.
21.1
DESDEMONA: Alack, my lord, what may you mean by that?
23.5
OTHELLO: 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.
31.8
DESDEMONA: Talk you of killing?
33.2
OTHELLO: I do.
34.1
DESDEMONA: Then, heaven have mercy on me!
38.8
OTHELLO: Amen, with all my heart.
40.6
DESDEMONA: If you say so, I hope you will not kill me.
46.1
OTHELLO: Huh.
46.9
DESDEMONA: And yet, I fear you. Why I should fear, I know not, since guiltiness I know not. But yet, I feel. I fear.
59.2
OTHELLO: Think on thy sins.
61.3
DESDEMONA: They are the loves I bear to you.
63.5
OTHELLO: Aye, and for that, thou diest.
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[WHIMPERING, CRYING]
74.9
DESDEMONA: That death is unnatural that kills for loving!
79.8
OTHELLO: Peace!
85.3
And be still.
87.1
DESDEMONA: I will so.
100.5
What’s the matter?
106.2
OTHELLO: That handkerchief, which I so loved and gave thee, thou gav’st to Cassio.
111.3
DESDEMONA: No, by life and soul! Send for the man and ask him!
116
OTHELLO: Sweet soul, take heed. Take heed of perjury. Thou art on thy deathbed!
121
DESDEMONA: Ay, but not yet to die.
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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