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Comparison between Shakespeare (Othello) and Orwell
Transcript of Comparison between Shakespeare (Othello) and Orwell
Are there any similarities of plot/characters/theme?
Why is Shakespeare mentioned twice in 1984?
Comparison between Shakespeare and Orwell
1492- Columbus arrived in Cuba and it became a Spanish ruled colony
1868- Ten year war- first try for independence, it failed
1898- USS Maine explodes in Havana, this caused the Spanish-American War.
**Dec. 10- Treaty of Paris ended the war and gave Spain rein over Cuba
1899- Spanish Colonial govt. withdraws power and the N.A. Military Governor gains power
1901- Complete Independence, US troops withdraw and they elect president
1962- Cuban Missile Crisis due to Cold War, this results in US trade embargo on Cuba
1965- Communist become the governing party
president: Raul Castro Ruz- brother gave him power
elected by hat assembly
freedom of speech though said to be one of the most censored countries
Cubans cannot leave or return to Cuba without official permission which is often denied
education is free
free healthcare- no right to privacy or refusing treatment
freedom of religion, but limit on religious activity
"With its grace and carelessness it seemed to annihilate a whole culture, a whole system of thought, as though Big Brother and the Party and the Thought Police could all be swept into nothingness by a single splendid movement of the arm. That too was a gesture belonging to the ancient time. Winston woke up with the word "Shakespeare" on his lips."
" ' By the year 2050 - earlier probably -all real knowledge of Oldspeak will have disappeared. The whole literature of the past will have been destroyed. Chaucer, Shakespeare, Milton, Byron - they'll exist only in Newspeak versions, not merely changed into something different, but actually changed into something contradictory of what they used to be."
How are the political/social/cultural contexts similar?
The protagonists in both
get betrayed and manipulated to the point where their story ends up in a tragedy and both their lovers are gone from them.
Othello / Roderigo
Illusion vs. Reality
love and hate