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Adaptation Othello: Act 1

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Introduction

English Literature Coursework Modern Adaptation of "Othello" Shayan Moghaddam Othello Act 1 Before I start my own adaptation, I will present an overview of the first Act of "Othello" Characters The main characters in Act 1 are Othello, Brabantio, Roderigo, Iago, Cassio, The Duke and Desdemona. There are also two senators in the play as well as an Officer, a Sailor and a Messenger. I will now give a brief description of each one of these characters. Othello: A commander for the Military Force of Venice. Being an origin of Mauritania, he is referred to as a "Moor". His triumphant line of work brings him a high rank in Venice. We know this from how people refer to him "Valiant Othello" (Act 1 Scene 3, Line 48, Duke) But being a foreign person of a different colour, he is socially separated from those whom he works with. He is a military man, with repute for bravery in combat and fine judgment in military matters. In act 1, we learn that Othello falls in love and marries Desdemona without Desdemona's fathers consent. Brabantio: A member of the Venetian Senate. He is the father of Desdemona and brother of Gratiano. His first appearance is in Act 1 Scene 1 where Iago and Roderigo tell him that Othello has married his daughter. When he hears of his daughter's marriage to Othello, Brabantio accuses Othello of using magic on his daughter to bewitch her into loving him. Brabantio consequently brings Othello to court in front of the duke and two senates. After the events that happen he disowns his daughter. He advises Othello that, "She has deceived her father, and may thee" Desdemona: Desdemona is the daughter of Brabantio; a man of high repute in Venice. For that reason, Desdemona is an upper class lady. Desdemona elopes with Othello and escorts him to Cyprus. After Cassio is shamed, she pleads for his reinstatement, an act which her husband interprets as proof of Iago's inference that she is disloyal. ...read more.

Middle

If there's one thing I hate it's a racist and he commented on your race so often I felt like killing him there and then. Anyway...what has he done so far? Are you and Delilah...sorry, corporal smith still together? Parkinson There is no need for the formalities at this moment. Please, talk freely. Hilts But are you and smith still together? Parkinson Yes, yes. We trust each other. We'd walk off the face of the earth for each other if we had to. Hilts Colour, do not under estimate Brandy. He has a lot of influence over the battalion. He'll try to ruin your relationship, or else give you whatever punishment captain Docherty and his commission will allow him to. Parkinson Let him try. My worth to Captain Docherty is more than his complaints ever will be. Not many know of this, but Lieutenant Harrison's my nephew. Brandy will not be able to use him in his...campaign to arrest me. And let me tell you this, I love Delilah, and she loves me. Nothing as weak as Brandy will ever split us apart. MEC Guard Halt! Enter Docherty and Al-Abbes The Sections halt and stand to attention as Colonel Al-Abbes walks past talking to captain Docherty. Focus of the stage shifts to the officers who are walking towards a hut Al-Abbes Captain Docherty, you have been chosen to act as a Liaison between me and the prisoners. I wish to make clear to you certain matters of... Docherty The word's policy Al Abbes Thank you. Now, the MEC have been forced to use ridiculous amounts of manpower, energy and equipment on hunting down escaped prisoner of war soldiers. They reach the hut and go inside; it is filled with filing cabinets and a desk. The men sit down on either side of the desk. Docherty Really, I insist you don't go to so much trouble for our sakes. ...read more.

Conclusion

She'll have to have it. So have your money ready. Raise all the money you can. I can get the better of religion and a few flimsy vows between a foolish barbarian and an immoral girl. You'll get to sleep with her; just put together some money. And to hell with hanging yourself! That's completely beside the point. If you're ready to die, you can risk death by committing crimes in an attempt to get the woman you want. Don't just give up on her and hang yourself. Randerson I see sense in that. Can I count on you? Hilts You can trust me. Go now and get the dough. I told you before, and I'll tell you all over again: I hate the Moor. I'm dedicated to my cause of detesting him, just as devoted as you are to yours. So let's join forces and get vengeance. If you seduce Desdemona and make a fool out of him, it'll be amusing for both of us. Lots of stuff may occur. Go dig up money. We'll talk again tomorrow. Adieu. Exeunt Randerson That's how I do it, being paid cash from fools. I'd be wasting my time dealing with a ponce like that if I couldn't get something useful out of him. I hate Parkinson, and word has reached my ear that he talks ill of me. I'm not certain it's accurate, but just the doubt is sufficient for me. He thinks well of me. Carlson's a handsome man. How can I take his place and use him to hurt Parkinson at the same time? How? How? Let's see. After a while I could start telling Parkinson that Carlson is getting close with Desdemona. Cassio is a silky speaker and an attractive guy, the kind of man that people would expect to be a seducer. Parkinson is open and simple. He thinks any man who appears truthful is truthful. People like that are easy to control. I've worked it out. With a little luck, my plan will work. Exit As Hilts walks off, the song "Tainted Love" by Marilyn Manson starts playing. ...read more.

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