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Speaking and Listening Othello Evaluation Act 1 Scene 3, lines 238 " 270

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Introduction

Othello - Evaluation Act 1 scene 3 was the set scene I was given, within this set scene I was given an extract lines 238 - 270. Using the extract from the set scene I had to; annotate the extract through analysing it, translating it into modern English as well as inserting stage directions and lastly we had to present it. There were two main aspects of Othello that could be brought out to vent out his feelings, there was his angry, annoyed side or calm and romantic side. The aspect that I brought out was his angry, annoyed side because this would not only show that he is seriously committed to his relationship with Desdemona, but also that he will not let anyone or anything harm Desdemona and so is furious about the comments being made not only of him but also of his wife. Emphasising Othello's speech through stage directions would give the audience an insight to how he feels and his reactions. ...read more.

Middle

The modern setting I have decided on is a war room, where a meeting about war with Iraq is being discussed until Othello and Desdemona are summoned. The reason for this particular setting is that it modernises the actual setting of the scene, where a meeting was being held about war with the Turks. Even though the setting has not got much to do with my extract it goes with the beginning of the scene which was the discussing of war. The modern setting brings out the theme of honour; the scene introduces an idea which is important throughout the play. Othello's balancing of public duty and private concerns. It is obvious that his wife may distract him from his work, but Othello is confident in assuring the Senator that this will not happen, his honour is tested. Othello is in a war room where most of his honour is reflected as a soldier, he is one of the very few black people who got a chance of showing what they are really like, and he could be risking an opportunity by getting married. ...read more.

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Othello shows himself as how they want to see him and not how he really is. The Duke's acceptance of the speech means that the rest of the room has to also accept it, along with the audience. The impact I hoped the scene to have on a modern audience is that of Othello being treated unfairly, this could be seen as racism. Othello, even though he is married to Desdemona he is not being entitled to love her because of his father. Her father thinks really dirty and cheap of Othello, whereas he usually loathed the fact of having Othello with him as part of the army. This showed that Othello was being used for his strength and that was the only reason Brabantio wanted him. The play of Othello is still relevant to us today, as both the 21st century and the 17th century in which the play was written both reverberate the issues of racial discrimination, sexism, domestic violence and betrayal. These are all relevant to the modern day audience as this is still happening and is regularly in the media. ?? ?? ?? ?? Rehana Adam ...read more.

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