Appearance vs Reality

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Today I am discussing the theme of appearance versus reality. The fact that in spite of different contexts and values, both William Shakespeare's play Othello and Tim Blake's film O are concerned with the question of appearance versus reality. First of all, what is appearance versus reality? Appearance is how it seems and what it looks like; the exterior of a situation. Reality is the state of things as they actually exist, as opposed to an idealistic or notional idea of them.

Shakespeare's Othello was created during the early 1600s in the Elizabethan era. This play is a reflection of society at the time as appearance versus reality was a big issue based on how much individuals were wrongly accused and executed and deceiving was on common grounds throughout the monarchy. Blake's O garners all prominent values of the play into one film, especially appearance versus reality which gives us a sense of relatable appreciation of how it even occurs in today's advanced society. Though we have knowledge of the historical past, we as humans still repeat the same mistake of being deceived. Of allowing the appearance to outplay our reality.

In film O, Hugo uses the handkerchief to alter Odin's perception, ''I think I saw that same scarf from Michael an hour ago.'' It appears to Odin that Desi is having an affair with him when in fact the handkerchief was given by Hugo. Throughout Othello Desdemona feels guilt about ''losing'' the handkerchief. However, she is glad that her ''... noble Moor/ Is true of mind and made of no such baseness/ As jealous creatures are'' but this idea is juxtaposed, ''How shall I murder him, Iago'' expresses that he isn't the ''noble...hero'' we perceived him to be from his ''respectful'' appearance at the beginning. ''My parts, my title, and my perfect soul/ Shall manifest me rightly'' irony is portrayed as he murders two people that were
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