Relevance of Othello

shakespeare’s play Othello is a play that is still appreciated in modern society by contemporary audiences.   The universal nature of the themes, issues and moral dealt with in the play and its medium are the main reason as to why Othello is still relevant to today’s society. Themes and ideas of love, jealousy, race and gender inequality, fidelity and manipulation are all still present in the stories we tell today. It is these themes that form the tragic story of Othello.
Playwriting and scripts are methods of sharing and communicating a story that are still used today. Not only are plays still being written, but a modern adaptation of them has arisen; movies. Movies are incredibly popular in our modern society as plays were in Elizabethan England. The beauty of Shakespeare’s plays are that they may be adapted to film, so if a modern person did not want to go and see a play, they may instead watch the movie version of the famous play. Watching Humans acting and become a different character has always been admired by humans. So why shouldn’t the story of Othello be admired and appreciated by modern audiences, if it is a medium they are very familiar with and enjoy immensely?
Jealousy is a major theme in the tragedy, and is key to the shaping of the story. Without Othello’s growing jealousy towards Desdemona’s fidelity, there would not be a story. If it were not for Othello’s jealousy he would not have wanted to kill her, and the tragedy would not exist. Jealousy is an emotion that humans from every century understand and have felt. It is then easy for them to be able to connect with the characters, and thus the story line. A man or woman being jealous of their partner is something that humans understand, and the fear and anger that can be added onto that felling of jealousy as well. Othello is not the only character to be jealous in the play; Iago is too.   It is ironic that in the third act Iago tell Othello “O, beware, my Lord, of jealousy; / It is the green eyed...