Does Othello have a used by date? Essay

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mixed with possessive love. The protagonist of the play is Iago who establishes his plot to ruin black high ranking officer, Othello.
On the path to Othello’s ruining he also destroys the lives and reputations of many other key characters in the play.
The play ends tragically with the murder of Desdemona, Roderigo and Emilia and finally the suicide of Othello.
The play carried several themes and messages such as evil, which is portayed by Iago, jealousy, which is portrayed by both Iago and Othello, Love which is displayed by the relationship of Desdemona and Othello, particularly in the beginning of the play where through direct dialogue to each other and dialogue between either of them and another character, Shakespeare expresses their
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Othello has also been appropriated into film intended to appeal to a more mature audience. This film is British and based around the police force where Othello is the Police Commissioner. This film uses film techniques such as the character of Iago staring directly into the camera during his monologue, to create understanding and follow the themes of the text closely. This is yet another example of how Othello doesn’t have a used by date.

Shakespearean works are a large part of the current NSW English curriculum in high school. Othello is a text recommended for the preliminary HSC course in both standard and advanced English. This results in the text being critically analysed across the state, as a result of this, the techniques used in Othello and of course the plot are critically analysed by many students across the state. Therefore if Othello is able to be studied by such a large number of students, it must still retain a wealth of information appilicable to modern day English students. This therefore proves that Othello does not have a used by date, yet it does have educational prospects.

The themes of Othello are clearly still factors in modern day life, it speaks of universal issues such as jealousy, love and truth, these can be found world wide and on a varying scale from children to the most powerful men and women of the world.
The fact that as recently as 2001 Othello was appropriated into a film aimed at delivering the

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