In this image, Othello and Desdemona are sharing a passionate moment of love after being re-united in Cyprus. Both are wearing white garments; a symbol of purity, and framed in a black background. Othello’s white uniform contrasts with the colour of his skin accentuating his smiling feature, strength and regal stature. In the darkness behind them is the watching figure of Iago who is smirking. Othello calls her “My soul’s joy” which describes the depth of his love that Desdemona is intrinsic to his whole being. He adds “If after every tempest comes such calms/ May the winds blow till they have wakened death”. This ironic comment foreshadows the horrific fate that awaits them both. Desdemona replies “The heavens forbid/ But that our loves and comforts should increase/ Even as our days do grow”. This highlights her religious convictions and the sanctity of their union. This image explores the idea that Othello feels infinite love for Desdemona which later transforms into infinite rage and hatred through the jealousy created by the scheming Iago. Even at this moment, Iago is formulating his plan to convince Roderigo that Desdemona will soon “Begin to heave the gorge, disrelish and abhor the Moor” and therefore leave the way open for Desdemona to take another lover. This is how he maintains Roderigo’s hopes for being with Desdemona and thus, can continue to trick Roderigo into handing him all of his money and jewels. Image of Kenneth Brannargh and Lawrence Fishberne
*The first image on the sheet but it would not copy across*
This image explores the relationship between Othello and Iago. Iago is to the side of Othello whispering into his left ear (the sinnister side) and it looks as if Iago is the demon on Othello’s shoulder. The lighting used has created a shadow over half of Othello’s face. This shadow represents Othello’s dark side which is revealed when he murders Desdemona in act 5. His aggressive expression foreshadows grim...
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