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Imagine you are the director of "Othello". What advice would you give the actor playing the part of Othello at 3 key points in the play.

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Imagine you are the director of "Othello". What advice would you give the actor playing the part of Othello at 3 key points in the play. 'Othello' is a typical example of a Shakespearean play, in which a noble, well-respected individual is reduced to a mere mortal, all because of a fatal flaw in their personality. 'Othello' tells the story of a highly respected army general, who is happily married, and is used to the high life, but the cause of his downfall, is that while training and working in the army, he did not learn the true meaning of love and trust. This left him very gullible to the deceitfulness and lying of others. 'Othello' is set in Venice, which at the time was the height of glamour and culture. It was set here to give the audience an idea of just how much of a commercial center one place can be. Nowadays, we could associate the then popular Venice, to a modern day Paris, or Sydney, because these are the places that are the height of 'good living', and are developing new ideas all the time, just like Venice was over 400 years ago. ...read more.


Then, at the end of the scene, Lago has told Othello so many lies, that he explodes in anger, and threatens Desdemona's life. The audience should then see the contrast in personalities of Othello, and the deterioration in which they have taken throughout the last two scenes. The actor playing Othello repeating words unnecessarily, and stuttering in the middle of sentences should show this. At the start of this scene, Lago can sense that his ploy his working, "The moor already changes with my poison". This shows that Lago has detected a change in personality of Othello, and that the poison he has injected into Othello may well spread to be even more violent. Othello then enters the scene, and instantly the audience should be able to see the difference in the way in which he acts. One of his first sections speeches contains the word "farewell" no more than three times. This shows that Othello is suffering under the stress of Lago's rumours, and so is beginning to repeat words over and over again. Just before that Othello had broken into a traumatised speech, "I swear 'tis better to be much abus'd than but to know't little". ...read more.


Still though, Othello mourns the death of Desdemona, saying "For in my sense 'tis happiness to die." Cassio then tells Othello of how "he himself confessed", talking about Lago steeling Desdemona's handkerchief. Othello cannot believe himself, that he thought Lago's story to be true, he replies "O fool, fool, fool!", referring to his own mistake. Othello is now in a state of devastation, and with this he says, "I kiss'd thee ere I kill'd thee; no way but this, killing myself to die upon a kiss". With this, Othello gives the corpse of Desdemona one, final kiss, and kills himself, falling upon Desdemona in peace. At the end of the play, the audience should be feeling sorry for Othello, because of the tragedy he has been lured into. With the drama and sadness that his final line brings, this is the only possible feeling that the audience could possibly have towards Othello. His action throughout the final phase of the play, should have been acted out with no energy, because at this time in the play, Othello has been mentally and physically drained. The audience should be able that, through no fault of his own, the fatal flaw in his character was exposed. Stuart Argyle 10M1 English Othello C/W Mr Baker ...read more.

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