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The film Revolutionary Road and the play Othello both exhibit conflicting marriages.

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The Shakespearean play, "Othello", set in the 1600's, presents a conflicting marriage. It shows a gainsaying marital relationship between Othello, the moor whom is a militant soldier and Desdemona, shatter from the destructive force of man's jealousy motivated by affection and dislocation, which propels Othello towards tragedy. Similarly, the 2008 dramatic film, "Revolutionary Road", directed by Sam Mendes, set in the 1950's, also presents a conflicting marriage. Though, the marital relationship between April and Frank is one which is set by others as special and destined, which makes April feel that their relationship is unfulfilled because she believes they are superior of others, causing inner and emotional chaos within April and a tragic ending to their relationship. Othello is a racial and cultural outsider in Venice. His tragedy comes about because he can never be anything except an outsider. Othello's marriage to Desdemona is not accepted by Brabantio (Desdemona's father) and others, which is conveyed metaphorically when Brabantio refers to the racial slur "sooty bosom" when speaking to Othello; and Roderigo refers to the racial slur, "the Thick-lips" when speaking of Othello. We may feel that the black hero is dislocated because he marries a white woman and is in a weak position as black man serving a white patriarchy. Iago secretly hates Othello, which is expressed metaphorically with animal imagery, as he calls him a "Barbary horse", and an "old black ram". Othello stresses that Desdemona chose to marry him, when he says, "she had eyes and chose me", despite the significant difference in age and colour, and the social, cultural and racial differences. ...read more.


Shakespeare's use of rhetorical question when Othello asks himself, "Ha! Ha! False to me?" shows internal conflict, as it is very strong in signifying that he is insane, or at least that he is very confused. Othello's dislocation of his identity becomes apparent as he combines his roles as a soldier and a loving husband and we see that the qualities that served him well as a soldier contribute to his demise. His decisiveness leads him to ask Iago "prove my love a whore....Give me the ocular proof". Iago then presents Othello with what he, himself saw, his own ocular proof, "a handkerchief....did I today see Cassio wipe his beard with.....It speaks against her with the other proofs." This handkerchief is symbolic of Othello's love and so because it is in the hands of Cassio; it shows that she loves Cassio, which makes him completely jealous of Cassio. Othello trusts Iago and is fooled to believe this as the visual proof and makes evident his militant characteristics with his quick decision to pursue a bloody course, "Within these three days let me hear...that Cassio's not alive." He also goes on to say with the use of metaphorical imagery, "I'm going inside to think up some way to kill that beautiful devil", referring to Desdemona as a devil that he will exterminate. "Revolutionary Road" also presents internal conflict within the main character, as did "Othello" and similarly has a tragic ending for the suffering character. ...read more.


This argument for Othello with Desdemona was very painful for him as it reassured him that she did not have the handkerchief because she was very stubborn and defensive when she was asked for it, which meant that she had given it to Cassio. Distraught and heartbroken Othello committed himself to the murder of his wife, Desdemona. Sam Mendes, the composer of "Revolutionary Road", very intelligently introduces conflict between the marriage of April and Frank in the opening scenes, as compared to Shakespeare who shows no conflict between the amicable marriage of Othello and Desdemona until the end. The opening scene displays the creation of a pointless argument. After the argument is over they get back into the car. The composer employs low key lighting in this scene after the conflict, creating a chiaroscuro effect and a dull atmosphere. Sam Mendes then uses the close-up at eyelevel which is in sharp focus on both April and Frank separately, showing the expressive tension on their faces, conveying Frank's frustration and with April, her emotionless distress. The composer then switches to a long shot at eyelevel from outside the front of the car, with natural lighting of the night sky. The shot shows the two sitting and looking away from each other, showing disagreement and conflict. In summation, "Revolutionary Road" and "Othello" both exhibit conflicting marriages. These two diverse marriages show signs of conflict with ideology or society, conflict within the relationship and inner conflict, which lead to tragedy. This represents conflict is inevitable and if is unresolved or uncontrolled there can be serious consequences. ?? ?? ?? ?? Conflict Essay 1 ...read more.

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