Shakespeare, Social concerns, Directors of Shakespeare
The tensions in William Shakespeare's plays revolve around social concerns relevant to the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. Shakespeare provides his audience with weighty civic issues to debate, while at the same time often refraining from making obvious his own stand on these matters. For example, in Othello, Shakespeare addresses racial and gender relations. A strong case can be made that the tragedy of Othello shows that interracial love affairs should be avoided. An equally persuasive case can be made that Othello's trust of a male associate over his wife, or that Desdemona's boldness in taking charge of her own future and overstepping the authority of her father to many cross-racially leads to tragic results. Or, perhaps, Othello's downfall is the result of Othello's own tragic character flaws, his rush to judgment -an impetuosity perhaps associated with race -- and misplaced trust. Thus, Shakespeare has in one drama provided a complex setting in which to bring up issues of gender and race.
Zobrist, Leanne, "Shakespeare and Celluloid" (1998). WWU Honors College Senior Projects. 335.
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Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616--Film adaptations
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