Translating Shakespeare Term Paper by Nicky

Translating Shakespeare
A look at cinematic reinterpretations of Shakespeare's works, with a focus on Oliver Parker's film "Othello".
# 148561 | 3,058 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2011 | US

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The paper discusses how although Shakespeare did not actually make up the plots of his plays, he showed an enormous amount of creative genius in the way he told these stories, specifically, his use of language, and the depth of human emotion and character he presented. The paper looks at how Shakespeare has provided ripe fodder for cinematic reinterpretations of his works, specifically, at the film "Othello" directed by Oliver Parker and acted by Kenneth Branagh.

From the Paper:

"Two only slightly less well known characters that illustrate the importance of individuality in determining the outcome of a plot--which itself speaks to Shakespeare's ability to perceive and render human emotions and motives clearly, allowing his plays to speak universally to everyone--are Othello and Iago from one of Shakespeare's most socially complex tragedies, Othello. The basic plot of Othello is very similar to the major subplot of Much Ado About Nothing, which is one of Shakespeare's most beloved comedies: a man (Othello in the former and Claudio in the latter) is tricked into thinking that their wife/betrothed is having an affair with another man, and their jealousy causes them to spurn their lovers and ignore their protestations of innocence."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Parker, Oliver. Othello. Castle Rock Entertainment, 1995.
  • Shakespeare, William. Othello. Accessed 10 May 2009.

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