Selective Year 10 English Essay:
“Power corrupts; absolute power corrupts absolutely”
By Pamela Wu 10E
“Power corrupts; absolute power corrupts absolutely” is a quote which can reflect the main ideas featured in the Shakespearean play, Othello and the film, I-Robot. I define power that corrupts as being that one person/person’s authority over someone using force, either being physical, mental, political or social which can inflict their ideas upon them and potentially control them. Power is explored through Othello and I-Robot with characters using and abusing their power in order for their own greed, satisfaction or benefit. The composers of both texts have explored the concepts of power by focusing on issues such as the conventions of texts, language, structure, purpose, targeted audience and relevant context. Variations to the themes, symbols, motifs, characterisation and techniques have also been applied based upon targeting the modern audience.
Within the play Othello, power has been portrayed through the characters. As the play slowly unravels, we begin to see characters using and abusing power for their own motive. Iago, in particular will try to use his power over almost everyone, in hope of satisfying himself. As a friend, Iago abuses his power by breaking his trust and promise to Rodrigo of getting Desdemona to love him, as this is an excuse for his own purpose of getting even with Othello by using a ‘foolish’ Rodrigo. His powers of corruption work against Rodrigo at first, however, with Iago constantly showing no results of progress with Desdemona, Rodrigo’s change of mind sets Iago’s power to pry elsewhere. His power to absolutely corrupt his friend, Rodrigo failed as he was no longer any use to him-he could no longer fool Rodrigo and killed him in the end. With Rodrigo dead, Iago tries desperately to overpower Othello. The continuing exposure of Iago’s power, successfully corrupts Othello’s mind, as using both strong and meaningful words...