How would the themes appeal to a contemporary Audience?
The plot of Othello appeals to a contemporary audience because the play ageless. The play Othello uses many themes such as jealousy, hatred, envy, love, sacrifice, death, manipulation, honour, justice and etc. These themes are themes that are timeless which explore human nature which is unchanging which still develop and evolve around us. A contemporary audience would find it appealing because it explores themes that are prevalent in today’s world. E.g. Jealousy revenge betrayal and racism. One of the main themes that make the play ageless is love. Love still today is the main themes that are placed in the media, movies and etc. You will always notice that in a modern love movie there is sacrifice and just like in Othello, Othello and Desdemona sacrifice everything they could to be with each other. Even if there was going to be conflict. “farewell the plum’d troops and the big wars that make ambition virtue! O, farwell, farwell the neighing steed and shrill trump, the spirit stiring drum, th’ear piercing fife, the royal banner, and all quality, pride, pomp, and circumstances of glorious war!” some audience might say that Othello is saying farwell to the wrong things that he pre-occupied with his identity as a fighting soldier. But this can be describes as seductiveness to the contemporary audience as well, critics and the audience would find comfort and nobility in Othello’s final speech. Othello predicates his success in love on his success as a soldier, wooing Desdemona with tales of his military travels and battles. Male’s today society look for success in a career and for a loving wife and this is what Othello achieves. Themes such as jealousy, hatred, envy, love, sacrifice, death, racism, manipulation, honour, justice and etc, these themes are themes that are timeless that explore human nature which is unchanging which still develop and evolve around us. Racism is one of the problems that the world...
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