Prejudice in Shakespeare’s work and times

The lesson looks at stereotypes and attitudes towards women and different race in Shakespeare’s time.

Topic: Shakespeare and prejudice: The Merchant of Venice; Othello; The Taming of the Shrew
 
Level: B2
 
Time: 75-85 minutes
 
Aims
 
  • To introduce students to three of Shakespeare’s best-known plays, all of which have been quite controversial as being sexist or racist.
  • To help students to understand a little about Shakespearian society and how it might have differed from modern-day society and mores.
  • To provoke discussion about prejudice in general terms as well as relating it to Shakespearian plays.
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