William Shakespeare’s Play Othello and Tim Blake Nelsons Movie

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William Shakespeare’s play Othello and Tim Blake Nelsons movie O both share common themes and story lines that are clearly evident. People may go as far to say that O is a 21st century rip off of Othello. With that aside, both authors use different techniques to show common themes. Even though they are writing in very different times; themes such as jealousy, racism and appearance versus reality are still common in both stories. Shakespeare expresses these themes using different tools such as soliloquys and literary devices while Nelson uses different shots, a variety of film techniques, sound effects and music to display these themes.

In Shakespeare’s Othello, jealousy is a common theme throughout the play. Shakespeare uses
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Shakespeare uses imagery to represent jealousy as a monster, going as far to say the "green eyed monster which doth mock the meat It feeds on" which is useful in showing jealousy. On the other hand, In Tim Blake Nelsons modern adaptation of Othello, almost the same events happen but in a more modern fashion. Instead of the story-taking place during an Elizabethan era, it takes places during the 21st century. The story follows a very elite basketball player named Odin, who is handed an MVP award at the beginning of the story. Odin is in a relationship with Desi, and just as Othello, Hugo and his companion Roger plan to take down Odin. They make a plan to tell Desi’s father that Odin had raped her; Roger however is only a stepping-stone to Hugo’s big plan of taking over the basketball team. After a series of events much similar to Othello’s, Odin ends up being enraged with Desi’s because he thinks he is cheating on him with Michael. Jealousy has infiltrated Odin’s mind to a point where he is hallucinating images of Desi having sexual relations with Michael. Tim Blake Nelson uses a more modern version of filmography to represent jealousy such as different shots, sound effects and the effective use of colloquial language, slang and profanities to suit his younger and more contemporary audience. Both authors are able to effectively reflect “the green eyed monster” which is jealousy, and although these stories take place in very different eras,

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