Othello Scene Re-Interpretations
Students were asked to "modernize" one scene from Shakespeare's Othello. Below is the "Training Day" version of the scene in which Othello smothers Desdemona. It was memorably portrayed in a diorama with African-American Barbie and Ken dolls and included a quiet Emica sitting outside as O.J strangled Daeshana.
Alessandra Nicholson, Tatiana Sherrill
English 2 - 5th
Desdemona (Murder) (879-880; 33-82)
What you be talking about? You talking about killing?
Lord have mercy on me!
O.J.: Oh, I
will with all my heart.
Please, donít be trying to kill me!
Let me think about that
Donít roll your eyes at me!
about what you did.
How you gonna kill me when all I did was love you?
and now for that you gon die
Why you gon kill me for loviní you? Why you twitching and biting yoí
lip. Are you on somethiní?
up and be quiet!
am so tell me whatís wrong.
gun, the gun my father gave to me before he went to jail, I gave it to
you, did you give it to Cassion?
didnít do that! I swear! Go get Cassion!
are you lying, youíre about to die and your lying! Girl thatís messed
Yeah well I ainít dead yet!
say what you did, donít deny it.
Lord save me.
O.J.: Can I
get a Amen!
never did anything to you. I was never wit Cassion and I never gave him
O.J.: I saw
my gun in his hands. You know what?!? You ainít nottiní but a Bia! Now
Iím gonna kill you.
He mustíve found it. I never gave it to him. Tell him to come here,
heíll tell the truth!
heard him confess
Yeah well, If he confessed whatíd he say?
said he used you.
said he was wit you.
He wouldnít say that!
wonít now, heíll never talk again. Iago took care of it.
Is he dead?
O.J.: If he
could live forever Iíd kill forever. Thatís how much I hate him!
How could you kill him?
out hoe! How can you cry for him to my face!
You can do anything just donít kill me!
up hoe! You got me all twisted up in this game! This is yoí fault!
Kill me tomorrow, let me live tonight!
Just thirty minuets!
Iíma kill ya tonight, ainít no stopping me.
One more prayer!
time is up!
O.J.! Whatícha doiní in there?
ainít dead yet! Who you be at my door. Thatís Emica! Dae is dead. What
do Emica want? This girl is dead, she dead, she ainít moving! Is she
moviní? What should I do? Let her in? But Sheíll want Dea. But Dea be
want to talk to you, O. J. let me in!
O.J.: Oh, I
forgot about you. Come in!
don kilt her! Oh My God!
yoí Cassion doní killed Rayshad!
That little white boy Rayshad? Girl please, who cares! Is Cassion dead?
he ainít dead.
cha mean he ainít dead.
dat making that noise?
What noise you hearing?
Datís Deaís voice! Talk again girl. What he don did to you?
out nosey heifer!
You killed me for no reason, Iím gon die.