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HOW HAS THE COMPOSER OF THE CONTEMPORARY TEXT USED THE EARLIER TEXT TO SAY SOMETHING ABOUT THE NEW? "O" directed by Tim Blake Nelson is a post modern film transformed from Shakespeare's play "Othello

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HOW HAS THE COMPOSER OF THE CONTEMPORARY TEXT USED THE EARLIER TEXT TO SAY SOMETHING ABOUT THE NEW? "O" directed by Tim Blake Nelson is a post modern film transformed from Shakespeare's play "Othello". The story remains basically the same, with the same characters and the central character being Odin (Othello). Nelson has used the earlier text and its characters; the tragedy; the general plot; and the themes to portray high school violence and to emphasise on America's important position in society today. Othello is set in Venice as it was considered an important city during that time, where as O is set in America representing how America is considered important in society today. Nelson but slightly changed the ideas from the earlier text to suit contemporary audiences and today's popular culture. Nelson has created this modern American version of Othello, which can be called a 'teenspear', to stop people especially teenagers from being intimidated by Shakespeare's language and understand the powerful story of Othello and great characters which teenagers can relate to. ...read more.

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Hugo puts a plan in place to destroy Odin and his relationship with Desi and Iago puts a plan in place to destroy Othello and his relationship with Desdemona. Nelson's characters are very similar to Shakespeare's only more contemporary and signify the lives and emotions of American teenagers. Shakespeare's female characters are seen as inferior to the men, they don't get the change to say much and they are either portrayed as good innocent girls or dirty whores. Nelson's characters aren't seen as inferior as Shakespeare's but they aren't seen to be equal against the men. This is evident when Desi says to Odin "Take me as you like", this persuades the audience to believe she is inferior to Odin and the audience might think she sounds like a whore. While all the lines have been stripped away, the strength of the themes is still present in Nelson's film, from Shakespeare's play. ...read more.

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Yet some lines are very similar. For example, Dean says to Odin "She deceived me what makes you think she won't do the same to you". Brabantio says "O she deceives me past thought". Nelson has set the play in a high school to encourage younger people to be interested in Shakespeare. The scarf owned by Odin's grandmother, given to Desi has taken the place of the handkerchief in Othello. The characters used in the film radiate intelligence and don't appear to be shallow because of the actors chosen. Film techniques like, dialogue, music, voice over, lighting, slow moving shots, close up shots, sharp and soft focus' and different camera angles are used to make the film more appealing, especially to the contemporary audience of today and emphasise what is happening in particular scenes. For example there is tender music when Odin sees Desi and Mike together. 'O' is a post modern transformation of Shakespeare's 'Othello' for the contemporary audience of today that represents today's popular culture. ...read more.

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