In Shakespeare’s Othello, Othello Is as Much a Victim of His Own Weaknesses as of Iago’s Plotting. Write an Essay That Explores the Construction of Othello’s Character in Parker’s Film and Shakespeare’s Play.
In the opening scenes of the play, Othello is the noble hero, he …show more content…
Parker hints towards Othello’s true nature as the film progresses, conducting a study on the very basis of the character of Othello. During the sex-scene between Othello and Desdemona, Parker uses quick and abrupt cuts between the two characters alongside a fast paced but passionate sound track, all of this inferring the unreflecting nature of Othello, his red clothing and the tortures also being symbolic of this. His downfall is further indulged in through the symbolic black and white chess pieces, with Othello the black king tumbling into darkness due to Iago’s pushes.
As the play progresses, Othello’s decline exponentially increases, in his obsessive need of power, his insecurities are shown, through which Iago takes advantage, eventually resulting in the crumbling of Othello’s mental state. Othello’s insecurities about Desdemona have been taken full advantage of by Iago whom now manipulates Othello like a puppet in act 3 scene 3 the previously noble knight is gone,