Representations In Othello Essay

924 WordsNov 30, 20094 Pages
Representations in Othello Iago Shakespeare’s tragedy, Othello tells the unfortunate tale of a Moor who although he is respected and admired in Venice for his passion and courage, is tricked into jealousy and murder by the seemingly honest and true Iago who is out for revenge. Over the course of the text we frequently question Iago’s motives for revenge as they are often unclear to the audience, at some stages we are lead to believe that it is simply for “Sport and Profit” whereas one reason which occurs several times during the text is that the “Ignorant and ill suited” Michael Cassio receives the highly coveted position of Othello’s Right hand man, a position which Iago desired greatly. Both the Play and Film have very different ways of characterising the villain Iago throughout the text to engage their particular audiences; he is commonly approached from a comedic perspective in the play version whilst in the film he comes across as more malevolent and sinister. This is all due to the fact that both the mediums of play and film require a different amount intensity in order to portray the character precisely, a play is without the advantage of shots, angles and editing, it is a raw performance on stage that needs to immediately engage the attention of the audience in order to give the full intended effect of the play. The audience targeted by the Play version of Othello is of an older more educated standard simply because of the fact that they have come to the theatre to engage their mind, and to see a refined live product that is not hidden or enhanced by the use of cameras, it is all about the ability of the actors in expressing each character. At the beginning of the play Iago comes across as a man who is simply out to cause some mischief, we see him as an impish and mischievous character as he calls on
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