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How Scenes from Othello Are Reshaped to Create Meaning in Tim Nelson’s Film ‘O.’


How Scenes from Othello Are Reshaped to Create Meaning in Tim Nelson’s Movie ‘O.’

Excellent afternoon everybody. Today I wish to put in the time to discuss how scenes from Shakespeare’s play Othello are reshaped to create meaning in Tim Nelson’s movie ‘O’. Othello is a Shakespearean tragedy composed and set in the Victorian age which tells the story of an effective general of the Venetian party whose life and marital relationship is a ruined by a malevolent and jealous soldier named Iago. Tim Nelson’s film ‘O’ is a transformation of Shakespeare’s Othello which has actually been taken and placed into a contemporary context. The movie occurs in a high school setting where the main characters are part of a basketball group.

Shakespeare’s ‘Othello’ and Nelson’s ‘O’ both catch the themes of jealousy, deceit and bigotry through the main characters Iago who is called ‘Hugo’ in ‘O’ and Othello who in ‘O’ is called Odin. The plot is driven by the antagonist Iago/Hugo who inspires the action behind the events. Nevertheless, the motivation behind their deceit differs in each text. In Othello, the opening scene reveals Iago talking lengthily with Roderigo about his dislike for Othello. He reveals his intentions to wrongly appear faithful to him in order to get his trust and control him without being thought.

It must be kept in mind that he also fails to use Othello by his name, referring to him as ‘he’, ‘the Moor’, ‘his Moorship’ and as a ‘Barbary horse, which reveal his disrespect for Othello and the grand magnitude of his malevolence. Hugo states the words, “All my life I always wanted to fly. I constantly wanted to resemble a hawk. I know you’re not expected to be envious of anything, however … to fly … to soar above everything and everybody … now that’s living.” This quote makes a lasting impression on the audience of his character who instead of being filled with hate like Shakespeare’s Iago, yearns to get out of the shadows and shine above others.

The teenage audience for whom the movie was targeted towards will likely have the ability to empathise with and connect to Hugo as his desire is one held commonly among teenagers. The courtroom scene in Shakespeare’s Othello, Othello is accused by Brabantio of using wicked beauties to take away his daughter Desdemona. Othello responds calmly, revealing his authentic personality and he asserts his innocent by saying that if Desdemona reports that he did anything incorrect the he himself would even discover it fitting that he be greatly penalised. This exposes the real the he shows his other half.

Desdemona likewise reveals her dedication towards her partner, Othello. Brabantio mentions that his daughter was able to deceive him and leaves Othello with a question, asking what makes him think that she will not do the very same for him, foreshadowing the inner chaos that Othello will experience. Rashness, simple language and the aversion to interact with their parents quite reasonably show the behaviour of a number of today’s teens. Moulding all of the mentioned components permitted Nelson to produce meaning to the film ‘O’ by providing a practical representation of the contemporary teenage world. Thank you everyone for your time.

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