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Othello - A play for our times, all times.

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OTHELLO: A play for our times, all times By Ben J. Martin. Othello was written, as a play by William Shakespeare (The Bard) between 1600 and 1606 so why is it still relevant? Well Othello is still relevant because of what the Bard based it on. Othello is a tragedy based on universal truths, emotions that we all feel at some point in our lives. But this is not the only reason why 'The tragical Rembrandt', as one critic called it, oh no since the start of the slave trade Othello's political significance has changed and with it the way directors direct the play. About these universal truths, what are they? Well a universal truth is an emotion we al feel such as love, hate, jealousy and so on. In Othello, the universal truths of love and jealousy are at the core of the play. The start of Othello is the marriage of a beautiful Venetian woman, daughter to a senate named Desdemona to a navel officer, the Moor (Othello). ...read more.


There are other things to remember like the great actor Paul Robeson who played Othello in three of the most politically significant staging of the play ever. He was a black actor from the USA who actively supported equal rights for all races. In nineteen thirty he played Othello in London's west end making him the first black actor to play Othello in a major production since before the start of the slave trade, but even though he was one of the west ends most revered actors it didn't stop the restaurant in The Savoy refusing him entry. The reason was the colour of his skin. He didn't play Othello again until nineteen forty-three when he played The Moor in New York eventually on the Broadway stage. One Soviet journalist said, "The doors of the American theatre opened for the Negro people." Going on to say, "No white man should dare presume to play the role again." His third performance was possible the most significant as he was asked to play Othello in Stratford-upon-Avon as part of the Royal Shakespeare Company's (RSC) ...read more.


Shakespeare wrote Othello so the audience want to jump out of there seats, punch Othello in the mouth and tell him Iago is going to destroy him because we know all about Iago's plan. However none of the other characters know of his plan. This is called dramatic irony and Shakespeare uses it an orful lot like here for instants where Desdemona refers to Iago as "an honest fellow." And here where Othello talks to "Honest Iago" and also here when Iago himself declares himself an "Honest man." All of these are pretty ironic considering what the audience already know and for that reason we call it dramatic irony. I believe that Othello is a play for all times because of the way it was written by the Bard. He has written the perfect play with Othello. It's not to short, not too long, not to dependent on the actors performance and it will always provoke an emotional response from the audience and if the audience are emotionally involved they will never get bored of watching, reading or listening to it. And that's what makes Othello a play for our times, all times. ...read more.

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