Othello Movie Vs Play

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The tragedy of Othello tells the tale of a man whose love was tarnished by the seed of suspicion. Shakespeare effortlessly portrays the transformation Othello’s love for Desdemona goes through as it becomes an aberration of what it once was. The film ‘O’ directed by Tim Blake Nelson is an adaptation of the well crafted play Othello by William Shakespeare. The film has many similarities to the play, and the storyline of the movie mirrors the main events that take place in the play as well as highlighting important symbols that are present in the play. Although there are many similarities, the play also differs from the movie in many ways. The original title of the play was ‘The Tragedy of Othello, The Moor of Venice’, which brings attention …show more content…
Othello gives the handkerchief to Desdemona as a token of his love to her. This symbolizes their relationship and it is very meaningful because it once belonged to Othello’s mother. In ‘O’, Oden gives Desi a similar handkerchief and tells her it once belonged to his mother and she gave it to him when she was sick. He tells her it was supposed to stay in the family but to him, Desi “feels like family”. This is a cherished item and Desi holds it very dear to her. In the play Othello tells Desdemona that “To lose ’t or give ‘t away were such perdition as nothing else could match(3.4.64.)”. This explains why Oden is so upset when he learns that the handkerchief is missing. As in the play, Emily (Emilia) steals the handkerchief for Hugo (Iago) so he can use it against Othello. The film was very successful in replicating the scene in the play where Othello is asking Desdemona about the handkerchief as Emilia is sitting submissively listening in on the conversation. The film also accurately portrays when Desdemona avows to Othello that if he suspected her of cheating he should dismiss the idea completely because she’s “always straight with [him]”. This is significant because it is the only time aside from the ending of the play, where Othello actually confronts Desdemona about her suspected

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