Military boots show background and contrast from tracksuits Baggy hoodies show ambiguity and shield identity Lighting Sound Opening – heavy bass, pulsating fast pace – used in fight sequences, communicates sense of energy&excitement to audience Sensual exchanges between Des and Othello – slower synthesiser White noise to convey deceitful moments and moral dilemmas? Crashing/thuds Muffled sounds of pub background activity – conveys ‘their own area’ away from outsiders Voice/Vocal Qualities Iago Manipulative, persuasive, intimidating in calm manner Controlled and quiet with others – voice of reason/assure people he is trustworthy Mock apologetic when secret revealed Conniving More power – confident/arrogant/conviction Reassuring tone to bolster othello’s confidence Low pitch/normal volume Othello Strong/bold vocals – leadership qualities Resonant, low pitch Appealing to those who want to be lead/loved Confident Erudite/eloquent/intelligent Des Compliments othello’s soothing tones – compliments P.Aims of unity between couple Called ‘whore’ still shows loyalty through being calm and respectful, apologetic Cassio Scottish accent – easily identified Accentuates gregarious, confident, sociable, outsider/victim Picked on, manipulated by others – Scottish, short, red head Emelia (married to Iago) Northern, ill educated, subservient – knows place but has confidence Harbours secrets – conspiritional Cast to contrast with rapport between Othello & Des Mood/Atmosphere House music intro – uplifting, energy, adrenaline, builds expectations Women in toilet (Emilia and Des) created intimacy/privacy/secrecy: Brought downstage for audience, actors close together Voyeur – audience included in secrets Lights – harsh, bright, clinical light on women, audience in shadows/darkness - Des – lacking in confidence slumped on cistern; Emelia casually leaning against door Contrasts with physical scenes w/ fast pace – more reflective, pensive, revealing inner feelings (play deals with more obvious emotions eg.War, dominance, jealousy – masculine Othello and Des intimate/sensual on pool table Lights – soft purple hue soft focus Physicallu – only used surface of pool table focused area on sensuality Music – lighter mood/tone, acting a light relief/hiatus from fighting & aggression Cements audience’s perception loving, honest couple First fight scene Set moved to reveal alleyway – smooth transition Lights – dingy, mysterious, secretive 0 main source of light emanated from wall-mounted light Music - fast paced, drum heavy frantic rhythm to complement energy of fight, climaxed…
Othello being the only black character and an outsider in Venice brings upon many insecurities.
He treats his wife with little to no respect and eventually smothers her to death. All these traits that Othello exhibits lead him to be known as one of the most well-known tragic heroes in all of literature.
When Iago’s plot is finally unveiled and Othello realizes his terrible mistake, it is evident he has reached his emotional limit: “Whip me, ye devils, From the possession of this heavenly sight!
However, Othello doesn’t realize his insecurities have taken over his life until it is too late and his tragic downfall has already hit rock bottom.
What makes Othello a tragic hero is he experiences a tragic downfall. In his distraught state of mind and with his broken heart, Othello decides to kill himself.