Theme Of Jealousy In Shakespeare's Othello

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director Oliver Parker, whose adaptation of “In some sense, jealousy can act as a catalyst for actions of evil, brilliantly evident in Shakespeare’s Othello”. Shakespeare’s Othello, has been greatly successful, largely credited to his movie making genius. The corrosiveness of jealousy was made clear to be the theme driving the entire storyline. Its destruction was then distinctly evident when it lead to revenge, resulting in the death of four innocent characters.

Your film explores the theme of jealousy. How did you use characterisation and film techniques to convey the extent to which it can prove destructive, when translated to forms of revenge?

That’s a great question. In some sense, jealousy can act as a catalyst for actions of evil, brilliantly evident in Shakespeare’s Othello. I tried to characterise, Iago, in particular to portray jealousy as the constant motive for his revenge. I did this through the use of his dialogue, as well as camera angles.

Jealousy’s destructive power was clearly
Close up shot featuring Iago and the chess board symbolic of his manipulation of other characters. highlighted when it was used as Iago's motive for murder. I used his soliloquies throughout the film to aid in this representation, providing the audience with constant insight into his plans to avenge his jealousy.

His jealousy of Michael Cassio’s promotion to Othello’s lieutenant, giving “one Michael Cassio” the job, was essentially the catalyst for his catastrophic revenge on

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