Adapting Shakespeare´S Othello To Present Time

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It’s nearly impossible for the culture that was common in the 1600’s to be the same as it is now in 2014. We all know that the world has changed and adapted since the 1600’s. Isn’t it obvious? The Tragedy of Othello, a play by William Shakespeare, was written in the early 1600’s. If it were written in 21st century America, the issue of apparent racism would change due to cultural adaptations and history that America has gone through.
The U.S. has seen about two hundred years of slavery and an even longer period of firm racism. Racism isn’t non-existent in 2014 America, but it’s not as prominent as it was in the past. For the majority of Americans being racist is more of a joke than it is ...view middle of the document...

The fact that she had married a black man wouldn’t be more important than that. Considering this, from the beginning Iago would’ve been unsuccessful in one of his first manipulations. Iago’s manipulations are a big part of Othello. Without his cleverness and his manipulations, the play would not be the same. It would have to be written with a new manipulation that will catch the attention of Brabantio as Iago had intended. American culture has had an incredible adaption, because of its historical influences.
Since the 1600’s being an interracial couple is more frequent. Being biracial is also accepted and more common. In the past being biracial was considered to be negative or bad, and if you were biracial people wouldn’t respect you as much. In Othello, Othello is the only black character. In the 21st century that is less likely to happen. In this play Othello’s race is known and acknowledged by every character, in more of a negative way. In Act I Scene 3 Brabantio is reluctant to believe that his daughter, Desdemona willingly married Othello. He feels as if she is too perfect for Othello and that either the devil has made her do this, or that Othello has drugged her and convinced her to marry him. (435-447) Again here race is an issue. Brabantio does not want to believe his perfect daughter could marry a Moor. In 2014 race would not be an issue in this case. If this play were written in the 2014 the author would be sure to include more than one person that is black, biracial or of some other ethnic origin. As the characters ethnicity changes or even as characters of different races are added, the story will ultimately change. The big...

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