Can anyone help me with this synthesis essay topic: Compare the adaptation (“O") of your character to the original character (Othello)?This is the synthesis essay between Shakespeare's...

Can anyone help me with this synthesis essay topic: Compare the adaptation (“O") of your character to the original character (Othello)?

This is the synthesis essay between Shakespeare's "Othello" and the modern adaptation "O." The characters I'm to do the comparison are Odin James (movie) and Othello (original play).

 

 

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The comparisons between Othello and O lie mainly in the cultural expectations of their tragic heroes.  For Othello to accomplish what he did, given the time period, is truly heroic; Odin, on the other hand, only accomplishes what was already expected of him.

For Othello, (black-a-Moor, non-Christian, former slave) to marry a white senator's daughter and become a military general of an overseas army is unheard of.  It could only happen on stage.

For Odin to have a relationship with a white basketball coach's daughter and become captain of the team is not uncommon.  In post-civil rights American, many male black athletes have high profile relationships/marriages to famous white women (Tony Parker and Eva Longoria).

The Othello in the play is under much more pressure, as a result.  Not only is he on an island (literally and figuratively), but he is at war, and he is at then mercy of one of the greatest masterminds in literature (Iago).  His tragedy is much more real because the stakes are higher.

On the other hand, Odin is not married, not in a war, not away from home, not in a life and death situation, and not in a major leadership role.  Basketball is not life or death: it's recreation.  Since he is the "big man on campus," he can always date another girl of beauty and status.  What's the worst that will happen to him?  He won't start a game?  Maybe not get a Division I scholarship?  The movie is not a real tragedy; it's a melodrama (semblance of tragedy).

The only caveat that I love in the movie is its depiction of steroid use.  Since it came out in the early 2000s, the peak of steroid use in baseball and cycling, its users do portray a real rage and a sense of inferiority.  Ironically, I thought Odin should have been taking them instead of the Iago character, since more pressure was on him to perform well on the court.

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