The more things change the more they stay the same.
Throughout history mankind has evolved and modernised. There have been changes in behaviours, attitudes and standards. Co-existing with these changes the human race has held onto fundamental values which have intrinsically been within them since the beginning of time. These characteristics are explored in Shakespeare’s play, ‘Othello’ and Tim Blake Nelson’s contemporary film adaption of ‘Othello’, ‘O’. The themes of power and jealousy are explored throughout both the play and film. Though the film is an adaptation of the original play, the films is still able to stand alone with its own context whilst maintaining textual integrity. The premise of, ‘Othello’, and its 2001 contemporary film adaption, ‘O’, is that those who seemingly sit atop the social hierarchy, dominate power, and therefore have control and authority throughout society. The theme of ‘power’ in the form of status and position is explored throughout Shakespeare’s ‘Othello’ and Nelson’s ‘O’. Reputation is a very important value held by all characters in ‘Othello’ and also by the people of Shakespeare’s time. The film ‘O’ has been able to maintain its textual integrity with the original play, ‘Othello’, by still parralling the theme of power and the value of reputation whist portraying it in the modern setting of a high school basketball team. Othello’s power comes from his rank as a Captain of the Venetian army in which he leads. Odin’s power comes from his rank as a captain of the basketball team. Othello and Odin both receive automatic power by virtue of their ‘rank’. It is their dignity and strong personalities that give them their true authority and control. But those they aspire to lead must want to follow. On the other hand Iago gets his power and control by being cunning and devious, attempting to control others without them realising it. Iago says ‘Knavery’s plain face is never seen till used.’ (Act 2, Scene 1) Iago is saying that...
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