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Comparisons of Shakespeare’s Othello and the Movie O

It is undeniable that Othello is one of William Shakespeare’s more popular plays. Written in 1604, it has spanned a total of 12 movie adaptations (“Othello”), including the 2001 version directed by Tim Blake Nelson. Nelson’s O is heavily based on Shakespeare’s original but is set in a modern setting, with high school students playing…

Othello Speech

Why are Shakespeare’s plays still performing around the world? Why are there modern versions of his plays being made? Why is Shakespeare still relevant in our education today? Good morning year 10 students. I’m sure you ask yourself the same questions, since William Shakespeare was long before your time. Well today, I will answer these…

How is Othellos and Desdemonas relationship portrayed in Act 2, scene 1 from line 171- 205

Act 2, Scene 1 starts off with a harsh storm indicating a symbol of unrest and of discord to come. It has destroyed the Turkish fleet and separated the Venetian ships. Cassio’s ship arrives in Cyprus first, then Iago and Desdemona join him. They wait for Othello. Finally, his ship arrives and Desdemona is very…

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A hero of tragedy must evoke the audiences with a sense of pity and fear

Othello fulfils the criteria of a domestic tragedy as it focus on the marital relationship between Othello and his wife, Desdemona. Shakespeare follows patterns of Aristotle’s theory of tragedy which enables him to elicit “pity” and “fear”. For example the tragic hero is a man of noble rank, he reaches pinnacle of happiness and worldly…

Othello

Othello’s character is conveyed in a number of ways, ranging from the writing techniques such as stylistic features and dramatic devices to the more obvious quotations from the various unique and challenging characters Othello has to deal with. This essay will describe a number of these ways in which Shakespeare coveys ‘The Moors’ character. This…

Othello

The audience, having been introduced to Othello by Iago’s ‘motiveless malignity,’1 expects this man to be professionally ‘bombast’ and animalistic. In fact Othello is not named until the third scene, thus dramatising his blackness and bestiality. However this preconception of Othello is immediately undone when he successfully calms the angry Brabantio and satisfies the suspicious…

Othello

According to Aristotle’s views a tragic hero is consistent and therefore should not be subject to sudden change if it does not contribute to the story or if it is not clearly motivated. If Othello is a tragic hero by Aristotle’s definition then character must be exposed rather than transformed by Shakespeare. Arguing that the…

Othello

The idea of heroism is one often associated with bravery, courage and valour; while nobility can be defined as being distinguished by one’s high rank or birth. Within Othello, Shakespeare questions the meaning behind both nobility and heroism in the context of a Venetian society. Through the actions of the play’s characters, the audience is…

Othello Recreative: Desdemona

Throughout the play Desdemona becomes much weaker. When we were first introduced to her she was prepared to fight to be with Othello, she defied her father’s wishes and even as late as their arrival in Cyprus she was strong and independent enough to argue playfully with Iago. This transformation is mirrored in my recreative;…

Is Iago the real hero in Shakespeares Othello

Contrary to the mainstream belief of Othello being the tragic hero, I think Iago is the real hero in Shakespeare’s Othello the moor of Venice. A traditional hero defined as a “a man of distinguished courage or ability, admired for his brave deeds and noble qualities. ” This definition however does not apply to Iago,…

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