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Shakespeare’s Play Othello And Tim Blake Nelson’s Film O Both Portray Universal Themes And Values That Are Relevant To Their Contexts. Discuss How

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Throughout the course of time, societies views have been persuaded by contextual influences, yet the core human values have remained unaffected. Through the texts by composers William Shakespeare and Tim Blake nelson and their texts Othello and the late 20th century contemporary film O, the key values of trust, honesty and loyalty are explored with contextual influences being reflected. The values are explored with the use of thematic development of the key issues jealousy and appearance vs reality and the use of dramatic devices in Othello and cinematic techniques in O. Shakespeare's accurate representation explored these values in an Elizabethan context where the values of loyalty, honour ...view middle of the document...

This leads to Othello’s being enraged with fury and this is clearly represented with the use of repetition and visual imagery in the line “O, blood, blood, blood!” The tool of imagery is further used when jealousy is referred to as the “green-eyed monster which doth mock the meat it feeds on” which plants harsh imagery of Othello being consumed by jealousy.
To compare with, Tim Blake nelsons film O also explores the issue of jealousy with the use of film techniques such as camera shots, imagery and non-diegetic sounds. The character of Othello is switched to Odin James yet the issue of unfaithfulness is still present and in O, Odin has been persuaded into believing by Hugo who represents Iago, that there is a chance that his girlfriend Desi might be cheating on him. The opening voiceover in the first few minutes of the film “I know you’re not supposed to be jealous of anything” foreshadows the events that are due to occur in the film and the concept of jealous will play major role. Many instances of film techniques are used to incorporate the theme of jealousy such as with the use of close-up camera shots on Odin’s face, which show the emotional damage that is occurring to Odin as he is witnessing what he is made to believe, is his girlfriend cheating. The use of mise en scene and recurring motifs of trees have also been used to visually represent how jealousy is taking over as the film progresses. In the first few minutes of the film, the trees are very colourful and bright but as Hugo’s plans start to take place these trees become more dull in colour and twisted in nature referring to the ‘twisting’ Odin’s mind and his process to think rationally. This is a recurring visual motif and technique which is cleverly shown to represent the influence on Odin that has been sparked from Hugo’s plans to make him jealous.
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