Look verses truth is a philosophical concern. All of us understand that what we perceive might not constantly be truth. Good Early Morning Year 11 Students, I understand that you have been closely studying Othello, both Shakespeare and Davies’ version.
In your research studies, you would have discovered numerous links in between the 2, through obvious styles and values, shown by various characters.
A theme I have found and would like to present to you today, is that of look verses truth and how it is changed due to the changing contexts of Shakespearean initial Othello and Davies’ movie script Othello. This is evident through using the protagonist, Desman, in the method she brings and represents herself. Within Shakespearean play, Othello, the theme of look verses reality, proves to us, through Desman, that what appears might not always be. This is due to Othello outlook on his better half.
The character of Desman is seen to be rather the role model of a lady, in the 17th century England. Women in that day and age were seen to comply with the most dominant male in their lives, if they were married, it be their other halves, if they were not, it be their dads. If a female were to disobey her husband and/or be deceitful with him, it would seem out of character, as they were seen to be innocent, and ignorant. Because case, women sleeping with anyone aside from her other half was morally incorrect, and not anticipated.
In Adhesion’s case, she seemed innocent and naive when she is asked ‘Are you not a strumpet? And replies with ‘No, as I am a Christian’. She is also shown as not knowing what Othello had been implicating her of, and had actually remained real to her husband, for that reason she is wronged and is what she appears to be. Whereas in Davies’ screenplay variation having actually being set 3 centuries later, a lot was various in the method the style was portrayed.
Women in the 20th century London, had more equivalent rights than female formerly did, so it prevailed for them to have their own freedom. Due to this brand-new discovered equality, it implied it was not a surprise if they slept around. For that reason Desman seems less innocent in this version, as it was a more typical thing, to sleep around. Desman is represented as deceptive, offering the indications she might have done wrong and is not what she appears to be. The fact that she has interest in Cassia in this variation, also plants a seed of doubt in our minds about who she might be.
Ago is also very persuasive in what he says to Othello about Desman sleeping around in her younger years, painting her out to be various to what we at first believe. The context of this film does not recommend it is unusual for people to sleep around, leading us and Othello to think that Deities is dishonest. In this version, Deities being revealed as deceptive, is depicted through a close up shot of Deities, revealing her naughty facial expression, when Othello suggests the concept of Deities sleeping tit Cassia, she right away pushes it away and tries to sidetrack him through flirting.
In comparison to Shakespearean play, Deities is not seen to be as pure and innocent and therefore in this movie script variation we, as an audience, are unsure of whether Deities is what she seems. From both these variations of Othello, we draw the conclusion that the style of look verses truth, has actually been changed to control the audience’s understanding of certain characters. I have actually provided this to you today, through the character Desman. We now see that what seems, might or might not remain in reality.