Othello and Equus Comparisons

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  • Equus and Othello comparison
    • Theme 1: Oppressed women
      • Jill (equus) Bianca and Desdemona are all perceived as threats because of their sexuality. All three are seriously punished as a result of this.
      • Hester, Desdemona and Emila are all shocked by the capacities of others around them.
      • Dora and Emilia both have key speeches which shows the oppression of their views at different points.
      • Dora and Desdemona both choose husbands that are seen as socially inferior to them with consequences for their happiness.
      • Dora and Emilia both shown a lack of respect by their husbands yet they still love and defend them.
    • Theme 2: Madness
      • Social context is blamed for both the madness of Othello and Alan.
      • Madness is seen as a threat to stability/society in both Othello and Alan's cases.
      • Madness is exaggerated when described by Hester and Iago.
      • The audience are never certain to whether Iago and Dysart are on the verge of madness.
      • Both Othello and Alan are perceived as falling into madness as a result of the actions of others.
    • Theme 3: Violence
      • Violence is discussed but not seen in Equus, unlike in Othello which illustrates conflict on stage.
      • Images of violence are frequent in the soliloquies of Dysart and Iago
    • Theme 4: Love
      • Women are perceived by the audience as being much more loyal in terms of love than their partners- which is the central irony of Ohello.
        • -Dora is more defensive of frank and he is caught at the cinema.
        • Desdemona is faithful to Othello despite his thoughts
        • Emilia remains faithful to Iago until she realises the extent of his crimes
        • Bianca is faithful to Cassio despite his apparent infidelity
      • Marriage is not necessarily perceived to be about love. E.g Dysart and Margeret, Emilia and Iago and Frank and Dora.
      • The idea of sex leads to crime of both Alan and Othello
      • Parents and children: Desdemona'scomplicated relationship with her father is similar to that of Alan and Frank
    • Theme 5: Authority
      • Clear authoritative people. E.g Hester as law and order, the Duke as the monarch and Ludovico as the military.
      • Authority is restored at the end of the play. Cassio's position in cyprus and Dysart s cure of Alan.
      • Authority figures are often challenged by their social inferiors
        • Brabantio challenges Desdemona
        • Dysart challenges Alan
        • Frank challenges Alan
        • Iago challenges Othello
      • Figures question their own authority e.g Othello over Desdemona and Dysart over Alan
    • Theme 6: Outsiders
      • Social status is prized in both societies
      • The truth about Iagos's and Desert's role as outsiders are only known to the audience. (Dramatic irony)
      • People are perceived as outsiders even with tightly defined groups. Iago with the military and Dysart in comparisonto to other psychiatrists.
      • Both Alan  and Othello are seen as different by their societies. Language used to describe them are demeaning.

Comments

gembean

very nice comparisons, however Jill does not get punished because of her sexuality, its rather a thing of Desdemona gets punished when she hasn't done anything, but Jill was actively pursuing a man - using her sexuality but faces no repercussions :) 

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