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Based on the different group presentations, I’ve chosen the tragedy play “Othello” written by Shakespeare and has said to be at the height of his capabilities, its poetry is more admirable than “Hamlet”, it’s psychology deeper than “Macbeth”, it’s love story more compulsory than “Romeo and Juliet”, and its heartbreaking tragedy even more moving than “King Lear”. It is my firm belief that “Othello” might be the finest play ever written.”
First off, consider the title. Othello is certainly not a name you hear every day, personally what I associate that to is the plot, just as like the chess game Othello. “Othello” shows us how language and stories create reality; it challenges us to realize how easy and harmful it is to racialize and essentialize others identities.
The play is possible for a modern adaptation as to be seen in the movie “O” where we have an update with young casts set in upper class prep school. Shakespeare wrote this tragedy unlike the others that he penned. He did not talk extensively about failures in matters of state; he focused on the failures of the heart and the head. Language itself manipulates reality with powerful effects throughout “Othello. Language causes characters to fall in love and to fall in hate with each other. Though “race” had less stable meaning for Shakespeare than it does for us today, the play continues to generate important conversations about how we “racialize” others or define them as possessing certain essential inner qualities based on exterior features, religion, ethnicity, or nationality. However, taking each step down that sickening descent into murderous jealousy with Othello has the painful but useful result of making us question why and how this was possible with a passionate intensity bred out of a sense of injustice. The play serves as a magnifying glass that focuses conflicts about belief and disbelief; language and silence; loyalty and revenge; love and lust; blackness and whiteness with a growing intensity that becomes excruciatingly brilliant, unbearably burning, and finally cathartically destructive and revelatory.
The play also offers readers opportunities to connect to their own lives. Have you ever not trusted the one you love? Has one of your closest friends lied to you? Has your family not approved of someone you date? Have you ever been jealous of someone else? Most likely one of these applies to you, and by reading Othello, you are able to explore those questions in your own life. I know that every time I read, I try to connect to the words. Othello is easy to relate to modern day situations.
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