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The Motif of Jealousy in Othello, a Play by William Shakespeare


With time, worths alter. Ideas and morals that had once been standard might be reformed to fit the present time. The time period in which Othello and O took place are both substantially various. Othello occurs in the Elizabethan era and O is centred around a high school in modern time. Shakespeare’s play ‘Othello’ and Nelsons film ‘O’ both explore the modifications of worths overtime. Similar styles are checked out in both the movie and the play, however they have actually been communicated in various situations and settings. Shakespeare uses poetic methods in English literature and Nelson uses movie strategies to depict the styles. Among the main themes illustrated by both is jealousy. In Othello, jealousy is portrayed first by Iago and his urge for vengeance on Othello for his high rank despite his colour. Comparably, in the film O, Hugo who is playing Iago, is jealous of Odin for his skills in basketball and the attention he receives. Another major problem that exists in both the modern-day and Elizabethan society is bigotry. In the play, Othello is subjected to spoken abuse and is called lots of words based upon his skin colour. In O, racism is represented by significances such as stereotyped expressions. The setting of the play Othello and the film O possibly different in terms of values altering overtime, but the styles jealousy and bigotry that was checked out by Shakespeare in Othello have stayed the same.

Jealousy is among the main styles in both the play and the film. In the play, Iago is driven by jealousy to plot versus Othello. He is envious of the reality that Othello, a person of colour was considered a high ranking person in society. Then also when Othello rewarded Cassio the lieutenant over Iago. “One Michael Cassio, A Florentine, a fellow almost damned in a fair wife, that never set a squadron in the field … But he, sir, had the election (act1 scene1, line 21-29),” Here Iago confesses that he dislikes Othello for passing him up for the promo and offering it to somebody who is less skilled than Iago in the battleground. As the play goes on, the factor Iago abhors Othello a lot begins to become more clear.” I hate the moor, And it is thought abroad that twixt my sheets, ‘has done my office. I understand not if’t be true (act1 scene3 line 329-333),” here Iago is stating that he dislikes Othello due to the fact that there were rumours that Othello has actually slept with Emilia, Iago’s spouse. Iago doesn’t know if it holds true but still includes the rumour to his growing reasons of hate and jealousy. Throughout the play, Iago gets various characters to assist him with his revenge, while Iago pretends to stay loyal to Othello.

In O by Nelson, the movie based upon Othello by Shakespeare jealousy is depicted by Hugo, the character playing Iago. Hugo belongs to a basketball group in addition to Odin. The start scene is of the coach, who is also Hugo’s daddy, granting Odin with the MVP award. While presenting the award, the coach says to Odin in his speech that he “likes him like his own kid.” The electronic camera cuts to Hugo’s face and while everyone is clapping and seem to be joyful, Hugo has an emotionless and upset face while clapping. In the next scene, everyone is commemorating at a celebration. They are all having fun and after that the camera cuts to a dark corner where Roger and Hugo are talking, they are both planning on breaking Odin and Dessie up. Hugo encourages Roger to ring the Dean, who is also Dessie’s dad, and make a rumour about Odin forcing himself on Dessie saying that “someone stole your daughter.”

The second style that O and Othello both portray is racism. In the play, Othello is called various names including ‘Moor’ which refers to dark skinned individuals, ‘African’ and ‘Negro.’ “Even now, now, really now, an old black ram is tupping your white ewe … or else the devil will make a grandsire of you” Iago feels that black men have an animalistic behaviour. In this scene Iago explains to Brabantio that Othello, an older black male has actually eloped with his child Desdemona. Iago use words that contrast, he uses black for Othello recommending dark, gloomy and bad and for Desdemona he utilizes white suggesting pureness and innocence. He likewise refers to Othello as a devil. It appears that blackness is associated with wrongdoings and unfavorable undertones.

In O by Nelson Odin is connected with many negative symbolisms such as when the duke implicated Odin of utilizing drugs. And then later on in the motion pictures a there is a black drug dealership, suggesting that the majority of drug dealerships are black. The colour black offers us the impression that its dirty and tainted the very same image drugs give. Likewise the rap songs that play in some scenes utilize insulting words once again referring back to the colour black.

The Elizabethan Age was a long period of time ago but comparing styles such as jealousy and bigotry it is clear that very little has modifications and these problems are embedded into society even now. In both the play and movie jealousy causes individuals to act recklessly and in both their prompts for seeking vengeance does not work out for them and they both suffer the consequences.

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