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Is Tim Blake Nelson's "O" an effective appropriation of

Shakespeare's tragedy, Othello? Use themes to back up


your answer.
Shakespeares tragedy Othello and Tim Blake Nelsons film O both
illustrate the universal themes of jealousy, revenge and love which is
demonstrated by various film techniques and dramatic techniques. O is
very effective appropriation of the Shakespearean text Othello as the
film has many similarities in the play such as the use of motifs and
symbols.
Tim Blake Nelsons film O is an effective appropriation of Othello through
the use of the theme jealousy. Jealousy is a major role in both text and the
film as it is the main plot of the storyline. It is a Green Eyed Monster in
Othello creates a sense of imagery of what jealousy would looks like and
that Iago is becoming a jealous person. Iago plants the seed of jealousy
and turns the noble black moor Othello into a jealous green eyed monster
which creates his own downfall of becoming a tragic hero. Iagos jealousy
was originally from Cassio promoted to a higher status of lieutenant by
Othello instead of himself. In O jealousy appears in almost every scene,
the colour of the walls with Hugo who is Iago in some scenes are green
which symbolises jealousy and that it is growing inside Hugo. Hugo says I
know youre not meant to be jealous of anything is a quote that shows
that the jealousy that Iago has is becoming like what it says originally in
the play of a green eyed monster. Also Hugo in the film is jealous of
Odin because of his father loving Odin more than his own son and that he
is not as wanted as Odin gives the most valuable player award to Michael
which illustrates why Hugo makes Odin jealous. The adaption O is very
effective appropriation of Othello because the jealousy that is formed by
Iago and Hugo are very similar.
Revenge is also another major theme in both the film O and the play
Othello as it is created from the jealousy of Hugo/Iago. In the play Iago
hates Othello for not choosing him as a major role of Lieutenant and
becomes jealous of Cassio and then wants revenge with Othello. Iago
hate towards the Moor grows as jealousy intervenes and creates twisted
thoughts of Othello sleeping with his wife Emilia. His hatred from jealousy
turns into a sick revenge on Othello and uses Roderigo and Desdemona as
a tool to help with his plot. However, O Hugo revenge is not just on Odin
its also on his Dad Duke Goulding as Hugo was not treated like a son.
Hugo was treated by his father like an outcast because he was not as
talented as Odin. I love him like my own son said from the coach to Odin
and then utilises a close up of Hugo as the truth hits him. Hugo revenge
starts when he speaks to Odin in the scene shown of his suspicion of Desi
and Michael and poisoning his mind with twisted thoughts, and making
Odin think about it day and night. The similarities of Iago and Hugo

revenge on Othello in both text illustrate that O is an effective


appropriation of Othello.
In Othello the theme of love is regularly used in the both film and play as
plans of Iago/Hugo to get revenge on Othello and Cassio. Iagos plan uses
Othello weak mind and fills it with twisted thoughts of jealousy between
Desdemona and Cassio love each other. For she had eyes and chose me
said by Othello illustrates Othello did not take Desdemona and that she
chose him instead. Iago uses this love to get revenge on Othello and
Cassio. In O it is very similar as Hugo wants revenge on both Odin and
Michael for making his life miserable. The close up of Desi and Odin
together illustrate the closeness of one another and pretended to get
married. When Hugo starts to break up Odin and Desi, Odin feelings
towards Desi becomes distant and shifty whenever Desi is with Michael
but still loves her as he always did. When Odin tries to choke Desi, he tells
her to be Silent as he doesnt want to hear noises of Desi dying.
Therefore O is an effective appropriation of Othello because Iago/Hugo
uses manipulation and trickery of the love between Othello and
Desdemona are similar.
Through the use of the similar universal themes of love, revenge and
jealousy and the dramatic and film techniques, Tim Blake Nelsons film
O creates a very effective appropriation of Shakespeare play Othello.