Comparative Study of Othello

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Iago, who is known as the Machiavellian villain perpetuates the tragedy by bringing forward a hamartia or a fatal flaw from Othello. As soon as the play begins, Shakespeare used dramatic irony to illustrate Othello’s view of Iago as an honest and trustworthy man through his repeated description of “honest Iago” and “a man of exceeding honesty” to the audience. Of course that is not the case, the audience views Iago to be “Janus-faced” and deceptive through his constant declaration of “I am not what I am” and how he “hates the moor”. This juxtaposition is created so that the audience can empathise with Othello. I know I can definitely empathise with him.
Ah yes, so did I. That element of the tragedy is also displayed in the film as John Othello expresses that the person he trusts the most is Ben Jago. There is a dramatic irony in that scene as the audience knows that Othello can’t trust Jago and this is represented through the use of dramatic music. Andrew Davies purposely used that technique to mirror Shakespeare’s thematic technique to create similar effect. I also noticed that the positioning of the character is quite interesting, in every conversation between Jago and Othello, Jago is always the one in higher position. This aims to symbolise Jago’s power, control and manipulation over Othello. This also gives an imagery of Jago being the puppet master who controls everything behind the scene. Shakespeare’s Othello is a tragedy so it is most crucial that the adaptation keeps the important aspects which make the play what it is. Thus we can see that aspects of the tragedy such as manipulation, the tragic hero and his down fall are present in the film but they are beautifully entwined into the plot so that modern audience can still see the connection.
I noticed that racism played such a big part in the film. In the modern society, racism is still present but it

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