Teacher: Dr. Rania Jawad
Othello between Past and Present
Othello is one of Shakespeare's tragic plays, written in approximately 1600 and it's first published was in 1565. The play revolves around four focal characters; Othello who is the ''Moor", his wife Desedmona, his lieutenant Cassio and his ensign lago. The original text of Othello's play is still performed during these days in many professional theaters around the world, and it becomes as a basis for several films and literary adaptations. On such adaptation is Geoffrey Sax's Othello film. It is an adaptation in modern English of William Shakespeare's play Othello. It was scripted by Andrew Davies and directed by Geoffrey Sax. Through my essay I will deal in depth between both the original text of Othello's play and its adaptation in modern English based on Geoffrey Sax's Othello film. The Shakespearian play "Othello" is a story about a person called Othello "the moor" an African American merchant. Othello who is in love with Desdemona driven into acting mad man and committing a murder by killing his wife Desdemona out of jealous after he has the evidence that Iago gives him. That making him believes that his wife is cheating on him with Cassio. On the other hand, Geoffrey Sax's Othello film is narrated by Ben Jago, a corrupt police officer who is prepared to manipulate those around him to get what he desires, even the people he loves. After the administrator of London's Metropolitan Police Sinclair Carver is caught using racist language he is forced to leave. The Home Secretary and Prime Minister choose John Othello, a black policeman and Jago's best friend, to be the next administrator as publicity performs after a reporter praises him for ending a rebellion. Jago, Carver's second-in-command, feels that Othello stole his chance to become administrator himself as he had been the favorite for the job. Jago...