Othello and the Movie O

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Basketball Courts :Modern century Warzones.
Gone are the days when sports were the best extra curriculars and doing exceptionally well in them reaped innumerable benefits.As sports in highschool become increasingly competitive, they start bringing more harm than benefit.The movie "O" which is a modern adaptation of Shakespeare's "Othello" deals with similar issues .It shows Hugo as a character obsessed with succeeding in basketball and winning his father's attention by fair or unfair means.While the play leaves us desperately questioning Iago's motives to destroy Othello, the movie "O" clearly defines the reasons behind Hugo's satanic behaviour which all boil down to one reason - basketball.

In the play ,Iago comes off as a diabolical character who sets everyone's lives on fire .However, his motives are often questioned as they seem relatively vague in the play.Throughout the play he cites various reasons to hate Othello.Firstly, he is upset by the fact that Iago chose Cassio over him and promoted Cassio.He feels that he was the perfect candidate for Cassio's position and feels insulted by Othello's choice.He confesses this to Roderigo in the following lines: One Michael Cassio, a Florentine (A fellow almost damn'd in a fair wife), That never set a squadron in the fieldBut he, sir, had th' election ... (1.1.20-27) Similarly ,he also suspects that Emilia has cheated on him with Othello and this makes him even more jealous and hateful of Othello :

... I hate the Moor; And it is thought abroad that 'twixt my sheets 'Has done my office. I know not if't be true; Yet I, for mere suspicion in that kind, Will do as if for surety. (1.3.378-82) It could also be possible that Iago himself was attracted towards the beautiful and sensual Desdemona and is very jealous of the fact that the moor was able to woo her so successfully. In the following lines it seems like he is convincing himself rather than Roderigo that Desdemona would soon get over Othello and want to have a white man in her life . It cannot be that Desdemona should long continue her love to the Moor ... She must change for youth. When she is sated with his body, she will find the error of her choice. (1.3.340) Despite all of these reasons which Shakespeare conveys to the reader subtley, none of them are convincing enough for Iago's heinous acts.Iago comes out as a villainous character who skillfully manipulates the circumstances and people to his advantage. He spends all his time and energy to bring Othello's downfall.Not only is he inhumane about Othello,he also doesn't care about the lives of other people he is ruining.In the end the reader has no choice but to conclude that he is a psychopath who doesn't have the capability to feel any guilt or remorse .To Iago ,ruining Othello is a game: Let us be conjunctive against him. If thou canst cuckold him, thou dost thyself a pleasure, me a sport. (1.3.363) On the other hand ,the movie itself is all about the game basketball and how it has invaded the lives of high school athletes and the people around them.In the movie, Hugo spends all his time to bring Odin's downfall but he has a reason .In the beginning of the movie Hugo says : "All my life I always wanted to fly. I always wanted to live like a hawk. I know you're not supposed to be jealous of anything, but... to take flight, to soar above everything and everyone, now that's living.  " Since the beginning of the movie Hugo is very ambitious to "soar high " and surpass everyone in his achievments but Odin becomes the obstacle.First of all the coach of the basketball team who is also Hugo 's father always favours Odin over Hugo, which hurts Hugo's feelings and ego .At an award ceremony he gives the most valuable player award to Odin saying that he loved Odin like his own son.When Odin goes up on stage he calls his friend Michael Cassio and shares the award with him.The three men hug and rejoice on stage leaving Hugo sitting in the audience feeling jealous and...
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