Othello and 'O' Comparison Essay by nms209

Othello and 'O'
This paper compares William Shakespeare's play "Othello" to the motion picture "O" directed by Tim Blake Nelson.
# 103361 | 1,573 words | 6 sources | MLA | 2006 | US

$39.95 Buy and instantly download this paper now


In this paper, the writer discusses that William Shakespeare's 'Othello' emits a vision of evil that is altered in Tim Blake Nelson's cinematic interpretation, 'O', due to several changes in sociological settings. Such changes occur in the portrayal of Iago's social life, in particular family, friends and drugs, which in turn leads to a difference in mental states between 'Othello''s Iago and 'O''s Hugo. The writer points out that the shifting of what is to blame for their evilness results in different sources of evil between the movie and the play. The writer maintains that it can be said that the source of evil in the film 'O' is society, in other words nurture. The writer concludes that the fact that William Shakespeare doesn't give any explanation for why Iago is the evil person he has come to be, means that Shakespeare believes evil is a force of nature.

From the Paper:

"This is the only real contact they had with each other throughout the movie. Iago is also friends with other characters such as Gratiano and Lodovico while Hugo's relationship with his fellow teammates isn't evident in the movie. Another significant difference is that Cassio, while Othello's lieutenant and most trusted comrade, is not his best friend off the battlefield. Iago is and he knows it. Conversely, Hugo thinks O is better friends with Mike, since O is always more enthusiastic and excited around Mike than Hugo, probably because of the basketball bond. This lack of friendship causes Hugo to be isolated and feel like no one likes him or even acknowledges him. Moreover, this pushes Hugo to begrudge those around him, especially O and Desie.
"Hugo takes drugs for a couple reasons. He takes steroids to keep up with O and to be noticed on the basketball court and does cocaine to help him deal with school, sports and the people around him."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Agnes, Michael. "Webster's New World Dictionary and Thesaurus". New York, Macmillan General Reference, 1996.
  • Alford, C. Fred. "What Evil Means to Us". Ithaca and London, Cornell University Press, 1997.
  • Kellerman, Jonathan. "Savage Spawn: Reflections on Violent Children". New York, The Ballantine Publishing Group, 1999.
  • Kuipers, Harm M.D. "Anabolid Steroids: Side Effects". Encyclopedia of Sports Medicine and Science. <http://www.sportsci.org/encyc/anabstereff/anabstereff.html> 7 March 1998. Updated 19 April 1998.
  • O. Dir. Tim Blake Nelson. Perf. Mekhi Phifer, Martin Sheen, Josh Hartnett, Julia Stiles, Andrew Keegan. 2001. DVD. Lions Gate Releasing

Cite this Comparison Essay:

APA Format

Othello and 'O' (2008, May 06) Retrieved July 26, 2017, from http://www.academon.com/comparison-essay/othello-and-o-103361/

MLA Format

"Othello and 'O'" 06 May 2008. Web. 26 July. 2017. <http://www.academon.com/comparison-essay/othello-and-o-103361/>