December 16, 2010
Intro. To Literatu
Final Exam Essay
There are many aspects to compare and contrast after reading and then viewing the play
written by Shakespeare, Othello. The book adds a lot more details than the actual film because
films only have a certain amount of time to explain everything going on. With that being said,
this essay will briefly compare and contrast scenarios in the book and the film, the visual effects
added in the film and the casting of characters compared to the portrayal of them in the book.
The director, Oliver Parker, added many of the important scenarios into the film that were
in the book. Of course the director had a strict time limit he needed to follow and could not add
every single line that was included in the book. The important scenarios that were included in the
film were the handkerchief scene, Iago explaining Cassio’s dream, and the death of Desdemona,
Emilia and Othello. These scenes were added in the film by the director because that is what
made up the whole plot of the famous play. The scenes that the director omitted were not very
noticeable because they were not as important to the plot of the film as they were to the plot of
the actual play.
In the film Othello the director had many special visual effects that made the movie more
interesting. He included special camera angles, lighting and symbols. In the book there are many
instances where Iago has his soliloquy and is supposed to be talking to the audience during the
actual play. In the film when Iago is speaking to himself, he looks right at the camera to let the
audience know that no one else is around and that what he says is to be kept a secret. The
director also has Iago plan his plot of ruining Desdemona and Othello by using chess pieces.
This is symbolic throughout the whole movie because whenever Iago furthers his plot he gets rid
of a chess piece....
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