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How does the play Othello relates to a modern audience in today's society?

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paris2s | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 24, 2009 at 6:28 AM via web

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How does the play Othello relates to a modern audience in today's society?

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cbots | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Adjunct Educator

Posted October 24, 2009 at 6:48 AM (Answer #1)

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Othello related to a modern audience because of its universal themes of misplaced trust, love, jealousy and the insecurities of one who considers himself an outsider. Othello is plauged by insecurities that come with him being a Moor in a largely white society, and Iago plays on these insecurities to take advantage of him and bring him to ruin. Some may argue that the racial aspect of Othello is what makes the play relatable to a modern auidence, but Othello's skin color is just a part of his insecurity.

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted October 24, 2009 at 7:02 AM (Answer #2)

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The exploration of reality and appearance has complete modern applicability.  In a setting where individuals are driven as much now as ever about image and surface based cosmetology, the disparity between what is and what might appear to be is of critical relevance.  The basis of this idea in the play and how it can relate to modern setting is highly applicable.  Especially pertinent amongst adolescents or any other group of people who are more likely susceptible to innuendo and hearsay, the play's delving into characterizations that might not be true but act upon individual fears and jealousies is quite appropriate, confirming its ability to be appreciated by younger audiences.

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