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How effectively does Parker translate Act 3 Scene 3 on to the Screen?

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How effectively does Parker translate Act 3 Scene 3 on to the Screen? This is the first time I have read a Shakespeare play, however I have seen the film version of Romeo and Juliet. At first it was hard to understand, the language was difficult but it was a good story. Parker made the film to suit regular filmgoers, and I found it easier to understand. The plot was gripping gut the language was challenging. The costume, the language and the photography all made it a good Shakespeare experience. As the plot of Othello is more relevant to today than Shakespeare's time, it includes all the elements of modern day films, and is well presented by Parker. I choose to assess how effectively Parker translates the original script of Act 3 Scene 3, the temptation scene. This is the pivotal scene in the play. At the beginning Othello declares his love for Desdemona, but by the end his mind is set on killing her. This scene also shows the power of Iago and the ability to manipulate all the others. The 'temptation scene' is the longest and most important scene in the play. Iago, whose ingenuity, inventiveness, cunning, lack and hypocrisy are evident throughout, plays the dominant role in this scene. An analysis of the various crucial stages in Iagos assault on Othello's peace of mind, and on the reputations of Desdemona and Cassio, will reveal the depth of Iagos evil genius. ...read more.

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Iago is the one who is put to the ground but everything is good-natured. It shows Othello has power. After the pole fighting the scene changes again to the two men working down a narrow stairway washing their hands. Even at this point Othello's costume has changed. This highlights his power. The scene then changes to the dark, brown, dull armoury, which is full of guns and gunpowder. The bareness of the place, the guns, the cold bare metal and the ever-increasing absence of daylight adds to the ominous feeling of the scene. The camera changes and focuses a lot on the facial expression throughout this scene. A line is added from Act one into this scene, "... I will pour my pestilence in his ear..." Iagos plan is to pour poison into Othello's ear. His is the first time that you can clearly see the doubt in Othello's face. The music then changes to a very high pitched note, suggests something very ominous is about to happen, adds tension. But lightens again when Othello shows he is not going to give into Iagos insinuations, then deepens again to show Othello's mood. The next scene is up in the bedroom and is even darker, with only a very dim candle to light the room. Iago is dressing Othello for the banquet while Othello is daydreaming, he has suspicious thoughts. While Iago remains the servant, he still exercises power over Othello's thoughts and feelings. As the scene gets even dimmer Othello begins to succumb to Iagos suggestions. ...read more.

Conclusion

They are hinted at rather than stated explicitly. There is a hint of red on the bed, which makes Othello think she is a whore. Music is used effectively by Parker to create an ominous atmosphere and highlights a climax or turning point in the scene. The first time music was introduced was when Othello said, "It were not for your quiet nor high pitched string note." The music then deepens to a bass note where Iago says, "Beware my lord of jealousy" and continues on this deep tone until Othello asks, "Thinkst thou make a life of jealousy." The music then becomes more melodious and sweet, suggestion of will not fall prey to Iagos insinuations. At the line, "Get me some poison" the music deepens again. Parker leaves out about half of the 478 lines and yet he doesn't compromise the meaning of the play. Very many of Desdemona's lines are omitted, more than anyone else, and yet with the use of flash back and dream sequences we are very aware of her presence throughout the play. Some of the scenes are rearranged, scene 4 into 3, make Othello's death sentencing more convincing. Parker does not compromise power and integrity of the play, he delivers a different perspective, which is more creative. There are difficulties with the language but with continued reading I found it a gripping story, and I found Parkers version accessible to modern filmgoers. Shakespeare's play was limited, the language was used to keep the audiences attention but today film makers have different lighting, music, props and many other things, so this allowed parker to leave much of the language out. Nigel Neill Othello Coursework ...read more.

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