Belonging Themes In William Shakespeare’s Play Othello And Gurinder Chadha’s Film Bride And Prejudice

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Whilst plainly mentioning the word belonging, each and every one of our minds will generate a unique visualisation of what we interpret of belonging. This is because I believe that one’s life experience can enhance and diminish their sense of belonging. William Shakespeare’s play Othello and Gurinder Chadha’s film Bride and Prejudice both deeply explores the notion of belonging through the use of various film techniques, imagery, binary opposites and dramatic techniques.

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This usage of binary opposites symbolise a division between the two cultures and unacceptance of the inter-racial marriage. The central character Darcy is depicted as “the other” as his dull beige coat contrasts with the elaborate, and vibrant costumes of the background characters. In addition Darcy is positioned with his head tilted up and his arms crossed,symbolic of seclusion. The differentiation of costuming alienates him from the rest of the community.
It can be stated that Othello was inexperienced and not readily prepared to enter the marriage with Desdemona due to the lack of exposure to Venetian culture. His naïve character trait and his romantic idealism is portrayed where he exclaims; “She loved me for the dangers I had passed.” “ And I loved that she did pity them.” This statement is quite ambiguous as it seems as if Othello is both chuffed and confused at the reasons in why Desdemona loved him. Othello’s doubt and inexperience made him vulnerable to Iago’s engineered manipulation.
Similarly in Gurinder Chadha’s film Bride and Prejudice, Darcy’s inexperience to the Indian culture and the lack of exposure to its people has diminished his sense of belonging with the Indian society. A close-up camera shot was used at the beginning of the film where it captures the shocked facial expression of Darcy upon stepping into India. The audience are able to immediately comprehend that Darcy does not belong. His interpretation of India being a backward country in comparison to the west has also marginalised him from Lalita. At the beginning of the play Lalita describes him to be “the most arrogant and conceited man.” However gradually Darcy’s negative stereotypical idealism of India has changed and he is more comfortable with the Indian customs. This is seen at the crux of the film in where his stance and his facial expressions tended to be more relaxed . ...

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