Comparison Of William Shakespeare 's ' Othello The Moor Of Venice ' And Oliver Parker 's Film '

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A Comparison Between William Shakespeare 's play, “Othello the Moor of Venice” and Oliver Parker’s Film. The story of Othello is told in William Shakespeare’s play, as well as in Oliver Parker’s film version of it. Although the plot of the story is the same in the play and the film, as well as other details, there are some differences. Focusing on the character, Iago, and his plan to destroy the main character, Othello, the play and the film use similarities and differences to help show the progression of Iago’s rage. In the first scene of the play, Roderigo and Iago are discussing Iago’s hate for Othello. Roderigo says to Iago, “Thou toldst me thou didst hold him in they hate”, and Iago replies back “Despise me if I do not” (752). The conversation between the two helps develop the idea of how much Iago despises Othello. In the film, this conversation does not happen, instead Iago using chess pieces to describe his plan to destroy Othello. He uses the black king and the white queen to represent Othello and his love Desdemona. Iago then inserts a white knight right in between the black king and white queen, showing his anger of Othello and Desdemona’s love. While Iago is doing this, the fireplace behind him as well and that dark lighting used in the film helps capture and build Iago’s hate and evilness. Both the play and the film shows/describes Iago’s hate for Othello, but the play uses language and conversation, while the film uses visual aspects to get the message…

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