Some texts survive because they explore values, attitudes and ideas that remain constant throughout history. ‘ It is an undeniable fact that Is imprinted into human nature that values and ethics will constantly be passed down throughout generations. A prime example would be the play Othello written by Shakespeare and Tim Blake Nelson’s contemporary appropriated film ‘O’. From the Elizabethan era to the 21st century It Is evident that both generations fall volts to the universal values, attitudes and ideas of reputation, race and the domination of women.
In the film O, Tim Blake Nelson has stripped back Othello and lets the audience have insight on the importance of reputation and because of this individuals are overcome with Jealousy. Shakespeare effectively emphasizes the destructive power of Jealousy, which corrupts the values of honor and trust. In Othello, the protagonist is characterized revered and respected man, high up in the military rankings, triggering a spark of Jealousy in Ago. This is paralleled against the protagonist Odin in O. Odin is a renowned school basketball player, achieving a hero Like status amongst all but en, the antagonist Hugo.
In act 1, scene 3 Ago says that Othello Is “of free and open nature, that thinks men honest. ” Thus unveiling his true Machiavellian nature to the audience and foreshadowing deceit and betrayal, further on in the play Ago ‘sews seed of doubt’ in Toeholds mind, and truly let jealousy run rapid in his mind. Shakespeare employs imagery and allusions such as the “green eyed monster which doth mock the meat It feeds on” to describe jealousy as a monster itself, which is effective in highlighting the destructive nature of jealousy.
One of Othello admirable qualities is that he lives men should be honest as he is saying in act 3, scene 3 “Men should be what they seem. ” This Juxtaposition between Othello transparency and lagans duplicitous nature emphasizes the downfall of the tragic hero. Tim Blake Nelson explores colloquial language, slang and profanities to cult the contemporary adolescent audience. In the intimate scene, between Dies and Odin, Odin looks into the mirror and sees’ Mike’s body instead of his own. From a point of view shot, the audience is allowed access into Din’s mind. This effectively portrays the Jealousy that is corrupting Din’s mind.
Tim Blake Nelson uses non-dietetic mounds in the “willow” scene, “Even the sun goes down Heroes eventually die” these lyrics are foreshadowing the decline of the tragic hero and the audience is left to wonder about the events that to unravel. The Issue of race Is a quintessential aspect In both play and film. The racist undertone In Othello and O explores the Idea that Othello and Odin are seen as outcasts, haltingly that the universal value of race Is everlasting. The protagonist’s different ethnic background provides a platform for examining Ideas of racial conflict. Accepted part of public life; people of color were often thought of as “savage. Shakespeare would have encountered no societal pressures against presenting such ideas. Yet he doesn’t actually portray Othello as inferior, in fact he is represented as the ‘noble savage’. Although Ago makes him sound despicable in the first-act, Shakespeare then shows Othello as a well-spoken and highly regarded military leader. Shakespeare, through the use of characterization, explores the critical factor of race all throughout his play. Othello the moor’ is consistently seen as an outsider.
Ago initiates racial slurs and tension amongst all characters. In Act 1, Scene 1 He scribes Othello and Adhesion’s consummation as “an old black ram… Tipping… A white ewe” and “making the beast with two backs”. These racial innuendoes implicate the true feelings Ago has towards Othello and that he cannot look past the color of his skin. Othello could easily be read as a racist play. Its tragic hero is often described in racist, degrading tones. Tim Blake Nelson’s setting of contemporary American enable him to explore racism more overtly in O.
Odin and Dies Jokingly discuss their different races. When she disapproves of his use of “enigma,” he tells her that he is allowed to say it but she Anton even think it. Ironically Odin is haunted by a profound self-consciousness about the color of his skin. When Hugo tells him that Dies and Mike called him “the enigma,” the camera has an extreme close up of Din’s face, and through expression it is evident that Din’s worst fears are confirmed and he then begins to act out in rage and self-loathing, beginning the downward spiral of the tragic hero.
Tim Blake Nelson has empowered this particular scene by employing dramatic irony; the audience knows to not trust Hugo although Odin does not. One of the most radical differences between the play is the setting. Othello takes place in the 17th century, Venice, contrasted against O, which takes place in an American private school, this is to exude the major time difference. Shakespeare has taken advantage of the patriarchal society that was in place in the 17th century.
Desman throughout Othello represents one extreme of the stereotypical female, the passive ideal wife, and Emilie represents the other extreme, an independent and assertive woman. At the end of the play, Othello smothers Desman to death, she screams out “O, Lord! Lord! Lord! ” through the use of apostrophe Desman is ailing out to the heavens, suggesting that she was controlled and manipulated to a greater degree. It is later revealed that Ago behind the events, bringing to light his duplicitous nature.
Ago as a misogynist is a crucial example of the way women were perceived as Just pawns in the game of concurring Othello. The protagonist in O is power hungry and dominating. In the first party scene hip- hop music is employed to Juxtapose the divide between black and white in the preppy private high school. Symbolism has been initiated in the scene where Odin puts the rubber band around Deed’s finger; he has blatantly declared his ownership ND power of Des’.
The rubber band is also the color green, which relates back to the green-eyed monster, this leitmotif signifies Jealousy and power. Shakespearean Othello and the contemporary appropriation O by Tim Blake Nelson, both explore the universal values of Jealousy, race and the domination of women. The themes and techniques used empower both play and film to help determine the values of each respected time. Although there are differences, ultimately the values attitudes and ideas explored do remain constant throughout history while maintaining textual integrity.