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Othello

Book Review   by:Celestial     Original Authors: Sir William Shakespeare; an abstract by Celestial (pen name)
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Othello






Othello, A Black man in a position of power and authority to be
reckoned with! Revolutionary for the time, for any time (wait till we
cover the issue of a woman's power)! Although these days Black is
Beautiful is the trend and anything else is simply a lack of
Affirmative Action. A Bold heart, a courageous spirit is flecked and
significantly to be found in the shadows of the skin. Shakespeare, who
knew would be as insightful or would you dare the thought that cycles
and patterns repeat themselves. The Globe Theatre was instrumental in
the staging of all of Shakespeare's plays. Theatre's transition had
been impeded and yet at the same time motivated by the events that
moved the populace. Camus's existentialism, a belief in the human race
and something above us all, call it “God” (as you like it); on
reflection and sorting of all the philosophies perhaps best describes
the philosophies that accommodated this era of change and lifestyle
practise. Shakespeare's plays would represent an aspect, a part of
every event, decision, and God forbid beheadings ! Here are a few
examples: Suitors were born out of each play, a hero to mark, the time
of each event eg. Hamlet, a valiant, noble warrior?! Prospero, a leader
self appointed saviour upon a vessel of change. The weather in The
Tempest as tempestuous as the temperament of characters, issues and
demands.
The time denoted the need for strong leadership
whilst undertaking the challenges of the time, developing theatre and
ensuring that theatrical elements were steadfastly evolving into a
tool, an instrument, a rod, a net (for the fishes of “men”)? Change and
Transition was and is inevitable. Shakespeare, like his counterparts
such as Christopher Marlowe knew this and needed to make a decision;
Become part of a progressive theatre movement or be left behind ...
along the way side of literary exposure. Shakespeare masterfully (yet
naively - that's why it is masterful) taps into the resources of his
time as we are able to see with “Romeo and Juliet”. The Age of
Innocence, youth, and the aged Queen of England who demanded the
affections of the populace as the populace's demands led to her
aloneness, isolation and solitariness ... her loneliness (the queen was
to satisfy the populace in respect of her choice of husband; husbandry
was of utmost importance). The Elizabethan Age was a time of poverty
and Financial impoverishment ... the age was in transition towards the
death of the Medieval world and the birth of the Modern World.

Camus's theory on existentialism seems to take root
in Shakespeare's life and inevitably in his literary works; redefining
man's nature. You may well imagine that confusion abounded. Of course,
politics would have no place in love as they would determine their own
rules. This would have little or nothing to do with pleasing the nation
or populace ... impending death is met with their impetuous behaviour;
Acts of Youth; Beheadings and regret are sure to follow. The “family's”
transition was indicative of the time as the search for a new order,
the demand of it; cultural renaissance was required ... a stronger
belief system and belief in “God or other”. Freethinking was the order
of the day or so it appeared? Where was / is love's place to be? Where
is God's place to be? Not forgetting the populace's demands on
Elizabeth, the First's reign and the pickiness of suitor; the choice of
suitor would determine who would sit alongside her as king of England.
This weightedness was to later weigh upon the Heart leaving little room
for love, but heartaches. TO BE OR NOT TO BE THEATRICAL?!
... What brilliant staging, The Globe Theatre; Hamlet! Imagine a
beautiful, commanding rhobust woman being played or staged in Grecian
style or perhaps even Roman theatre. Ophelia, Juliet, Ariel ... all
women being played or staged by men, young boyish innocence at its
best.
This makes the romance factor daringly more
challenging for a heterosexual society or does it? The theatre
thankfully changes progressively with the move towards the modern world
... : Well cross dressers and others may find this illuminating. I on
the other hand love the transition of theatre ... don't you? A woman
playing a woman, a child playing a child, a man playing a man (or more
or less) backdating Shakespeare at any given time. Shakespeare where
art thou now?
Women and men have become empowered and have more to offer, do or
discuss other than “How/When etc do I wash yous feet master?” since
mine also needs washing! Humility has its place, does it not? We needed
the change and still do to accommodate change.
Thus, we're face to face with the same or similar issues more than a
century later ... a parallel universe?! Othello is as complex or as
simplistic as our perceptions and perspectives allow him to be. This is
the challenge ?; Read Othello and find the transition in today's
transition ... within the African continent. Shakespeare, an insightful
cere or a malicious mocker ... who gets a kick out of disturbing the
status quo, the peace, the order: Racial power or prejudice,
elimination or condemnation? Othello was/is a controversial character.
Perhaps there are more lessons than what meet the eye. Let me Know.
Love and Literacy to All Me
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