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'The soliloquy is the means by which the actor gains a stronghold on the audience' I believe that the views of both these opinions are supported in my study of the play Othello

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ENGLISH ESSAY 'Audiences today see the soliloquy as an outdated and embarrassing device.' 'The soliloquy is the means by which the actor gains a stronghold on the audience' I believe that the views of both these opinions are supported in my study of the play Othello. But it is also very important to firstly reflect upon the time in which the play was written. The play was written in Elizabethan times. The reason why it is important to reflect upon when the play was first written is because the audiences of Elizabethan times and a modern day audiences are brought up and used to different theatrical techniques. A modern day audience is used to watching films that are action packed. The motto of modern day audiences would be "A little less conversation and a little more action". To a modern day audience visualization action effects are more appealing to the senses than words. ...read more.

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This would put a lot of modern day audience members into some discomfort as they would then be the centre of attention with everybody focused on them as well as Iago. This also then makes the rest of the audience uncomfortable because they will have to prepare themselves incase they are put on the spot. This in turn then distracts them from the actual play and therefore most definitely takes away all form of realism. As one can see from the points expressed above, there seems to be a convincing argument for soliloquy's being outdated and embarrassing for modern day audiences, due in no small part to the fact we are a society of 'A little less conversation and a little more action' However there is another side to the soliloquy which has to be explored, because it seems a soliloquy is the means by which the actor gains a stronghold on the audience. ...read more.

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This makes his crimes seem even more evil then they are and Shakespeare has achieved this through the use of soliloquy's without them Shakespeare's Iago would not seem as evil and menacing as he is. Soliloquy's also create dramatic tension as the audience are always wondering whether Iago's plan will work. However ironically it seems Shakespeare's Iago is at his most honest within his soliloquy's "I am not what I am" This in turn lets us the audience know that we are in his actual mind frame, as no person can deceive themselves. However what is most powerful about Iago's soliloquy's are that through them we explore the evil that is in all of us. This self reflection is ultimately the most powerful of any device, because anything that makes us explore ourselves and indeed change our views has to be effective beyond belief, which is how Elizabethan people used soliloquy's to change people views about subjective matters. ?? ?? ?? ?? Shaymas Hussain 08/05/2007 1 ...read more.

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