Discrimination In Othello

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Although, Parkers choices in people to play the roles of his characters is on point the way some characters are portrayed in the production is off. In Shakespeare 's original othello, the character of othello seems to be more on the insecure side. Othello is filled with jealousy over Desdemona and goes a little insane after the handkerchief incident. In the original I believe that Othello was made out to be this insecure man with no back bone, this is seen in the scene where he is talking about loosing Desdemona. Othello goes on a rant saying “She’s gone. I am abused; and my relief/Must be to loathe her. O curse of marriage, That we can call these delicate creatures ours,/270 And not their appetites! I had rather be a toad,/And live upon the…show more content…
This shows that whining for her is a sign of a insecure man. Othello’s crazy side kicks in later in his mission to kill Desdemona. In act 5 Othello is in a room with desdemona about to kill her and his logic is so she can not flirt with other men. Othello explains to desdemona “It is the cause, it is the cause, my soul./ Let me not name it to you, you chaste stars,/ It is the cause. Yet I’ll not shed her blood,/Nor scar that whiter skin of hers than snow/ And smooth as monumental alabaster./ Yet she must die, else she’ll betray more men (Act V. Lines 1-6). These two scenes show that in the original the readers get a sense that Othello is a spineless insecure man and picture him as this small docile man. While in Parker’s production he displays Othello as this tough man who could care less. A article describing the character Othello in Parker’s production describes him as a man with “a shaved head and scarifications into the shaven scalp immediately above his ears, his facial features and his ears are brought into striking prominence. The downward curve of his lips is accentuated by the close -cut outline of the dark mustache.” This is a image of a big tough man, not the Othello imagined in Shakespeare 's original

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