Othello by William ShakespeareIn Othello, Shakespeare creates a powerful drama of a marriage that begins with fascination (between the exotic Moor Othello and the Venetian lady Desdemona), with elopement, and with intense mutual devotion and that ends precipitately with jealous rage and violent deaths. He sets this story in the romantic world of the Mediterranean, moving the action from Venice to the island of Cyprus and giving it an even more exotic coloring with stories of Othellos African past. Shakespeare builds so many differences into his hero and heroine—differences of race, of age, of cultural background—that one should not, perhaps, be surprised that the marriage ends disastrously. But most people who see or read the play feel that the love that the play presents between Othello and Desdemona is so strong that it would have overcome all these differences were it not for the words and actions of Othellos standard-bearer, Iago, who hates Othello and sets out to destroy him by destroying his love for Desdemona. As Othello succumbs to Iagos insinuations that Desdemona is unfaithful, fascination—which dominates the early acts of the play—turns to horror, especially for the audience. We are confronted by spectacles of a generous and trusting Othello in the grip of Iagos schemes; of an innocent Desdemona, who has given herself up entirely to her love for Othello only to be subjected to his horrifying verbal and physical assaults, the outcome of Othellos mistaken convictions about her faithlessness.
Contrast of Modern Othello to Shakesperian Othello Paper
Racism is a significant addition presented in the play, and unfortunately still pervades contemporary society. Madness and jealousy drive the action as it thrives in the play; these destructive emotions are still alive in humanity today. The play portrays the typical scenes of love which always seem to draw in a timeless audience. The entire plot of Othello is very much like the attitudes and methods of the modern society. The plot tells of what happens when characters embark on a trail of jealousy and revenge, and how it can easily be taken a bit overboard. Iago embarks on this dangerous journey to win himself back of a desired position-such attitudes are seen in morals of today.
The director of the film has changed crucial parts of the play which makes the play such a classic, which has essentially ruined the literary value of Othello. This is evident for a number of concepts including, the overt links between the play and film, the power of words and language and Iago and his motives The …show more content…. The basis of Othello is that words play a crucial role in the downfall of the character Othello. This is what gives the play its beauty. This immediately destroys the beauty and literary value of the play.
Matthew Shepherd does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment.
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