Essay on O and Othello Comparison

938 Words Sep 26th, 2012 4 Pages
‘Othello is one of the brilliant plays written by William Shakespeare. It is the story of man named Othello and how his mind was twisted and manipulated by a man named Iago and how Iago made Othello think that his wife Desdemona was cheating on him with his lieutenant Michael Cassio, which results in many deaths. Tim Blake Nelson has creatively restructured ‘Othello’ into a film to appeal to a teenage audience. It still contains the same central ideas which are racism, jealousy and deception which will be analysed on how they are portrayed in ‘Othello’ and are creatively reshaped in ‘O’.
Jealously is one of the main central ideas and is shown through many character but mainly Iago and Hugo and Othello and O. In act 4, scene 5 Othello
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In Shakespeare's script, Othello continues to rant about how evil he believes Desdemona is: “If that the earth could teem with woman's tears, / Each drop she falls would prove a crocodile” (IV.1.239-240), whereas in “O,” Odin remains silent and simply struts around the basketball court with his arms outstretched while the crowd boos him. Both actions hint at the more selfish aspect of Othello's emotions; by ignoring his surroundings and clinging to his beliefs, he proves that he is thinking more about himself at this point than anything else. In ‘O’ when Odin shatters the backboard it is a visual metaphor for destroying Desi as basketball is something that defines Odin so therefore basketball could be interpreted as a symbol for the things Odin loves and enjoys in his life such asDesi. By having Odin destroy the backboard of the basketball hoop, Nelson illustrates the path that Odin and Othello decided to take, a path that will destroy everything they love, and ultimately themselves. Therefore the image foreshadows their death.
Racism is also largely seen in both texts, Shakespeare makes it clear that Othello's colour has a lot to do with Iago's problems with him. "The term 'Moor' used to describe Othello at various points in the play. The term 'Moor' was widely used as a synonym for 'Negro' When Shakespeare describes the elopement of Desdemona and Othello, he makes it appear to be

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