english draft othello.docx - Transforming Othello to a film is lazy and has no benefits for a modern audience Lily Mills English Essay Draf 10English6

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Transforming Othello to a film is lazy and has no benefits for a modern audience. Lily Mills English Essay Draf 10English6 Modern adaptations of old texts play a fundamental role in emphasising prejudices that have endured through time. Director Geoffrey Sax modernises the Shakespearean play Othello in order to comment on historic issues such as race and gender, as well as the role in which they partake in modern society. Through the recontextualization of Shakespeare’s tragedy, Sax’s adaptation benefits modern audiences, giving clearer insight into the historical context of the original play. Sax’s portrayal of women in the film adaptation of Othello exposes the unchanged values and traditional gender roles present in 21 st century society. These Elizabethan attitudes are reflected in Shakespeare’s play through the use of a rhyming couplet ‘Look to her, Moor, if thou hast eyes to see She has deceived her father, and may thee’. Brabantio clearly feels resentment towards Desdemona for ‘deceiving’ him, and warns Othello that she, too, could deceive him. The loyalty to both her father and new husband leave Desdemona with a ‘divided duty’ as she feels that both men own her. This sense of duty felt by Desdemona to both men is indicative of the attitudes of Elizabethan society.
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