Essay about Othello By William Shakespeare 's Othello

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Scene Analysis Assignment
William Shakespeare’s play Othello is a tragedy about a man named Othello who gets tricked by his jealous friend Iago into believing that his wife has been unfaithful to him. In the play, Iago tricks and manipulates many characters into doing what he wants, especially the character Roderigo. Roderigo is a gullible Venetian gentleman that longs to be with Othello’s wife Desdemona. In Act 1 Scene 3, Shakespeare shows his reader how manipulative and deceitful Iago can be through his dialogue with Roderigo. The 1995 film Othello, directed by Oliver Parker and starring Kenneth Branagh as Iago and Michael Maloney as Roderigo, effectively stages this scene in a way that makes it easy for the audience to understand what is happening and in a way that shows the dynamic relationship between Iago and Roderigo. Parker’s Othello does this through his choice of costuming, speaking style, props, and his omissions and additions to the text. Parker’s choice of costuming influences the audience’s impression of Iago and Roderigo. Through Parker’s choice of costuming for Iago and Roderigo, he is able to show the difference in wealth between the two characters. For example, in the film Iago’s costume is very plain. His costume is completely brown, it does not have any specially patterns and he does not add any accessories to it (Othello). While Roderigo’s costume is a lot more complex than Iago’s. In the film, Roderigo is wearing an expensive looking black…

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