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To What Extent Has Your Personal Response To The Tragedy Of Othello Has Been Shaped By The Enduring Power Of Shakespeare's Characterisation Of Othello.

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My personal response to Othello has been completely shaped by Shakespeare's characterization of Othello. The themes and ideas that Shakespeare tried to convey through the play are all done through the characterization of his characters.Othello is predominantly a traditional Shakespearean tragedy shadowed with post-colonial aspects. This view is supported and demonstrated through the characterization of Othello in Othello.Through Othello's characterization you are able to tell that Othello is a tragic hero and that Othello is in fact a traditional Aristotelian tragedy. First of all, in Shakespearean tragedy, you will be dealing with a man of high estate: a king, a prince, a general, etc. Normally, you will hear about him from others before he makes an entrance in the play. Often, this is where you are given the first impression of the greatness of the tragic hero through the eyes of others.Act 1 Scene 3 47Duke: "Valiant Othello we must straight employ you…"Act 1 Scene 3 167Othello: "And sold to slavery; of my redemption thus."Act 1 Scene 3 286Duke: "Your son-in-law is far more fair than black."Within the first two acts or so, you become aware of a driving force within Othello that is almost, if not entirely, obsessive in nature. You also witness the nature of the inner torment he goes through as he follows his obsession. You see both Othello's greatness as a general and human being and his naive, trusting nature that so easily becomes twisted into an obsessive jealousy by Iago.Act 3 Scene 3 167-172Iago: "O beware, my lord, of jealousy;It is the green-eyed monster which doth mockThe meat it feeds on. That cuckold lives in blissWho certain of his fate loves not his wronger;But O, what damned minutes tells he o'erWho dotes, yet doubts, suspects, yet fondly loves.Contributing to, and furthering the obsession and the control of the tragic flaw are misunderstanding, supernatural suggestion, and accident or chance. Things happen a split second too late: the hero operates on what he believes to be the case rather than what he actually knows to be the case. Soon they are one and the same thing to him.Act 4 Scene 2 81Othello: "Are you not a strumpet?"As the flaw and the misunderstandings continue, new conflicts and complications arise which bring about the death or gradual alienation of all forms of support for Othello, so that by the end, he must face the opposing forces and the responsibility for his actions alone. Othello is confronted with the knowledge that he has erred, that he had misunderstood the situation, that all the tragic events that are happening now or that has happened is in fact, all his fault. Knowing that he alone is to blame, he alone has erred, and accepting it is absolutely necessary in Shakespearean tragedy - tragic recognition.Act 5 Scene 2 269-279Othello: "Now, how dost thou look now? O ill-starred wench!Pale as they smock! When we shall meet at comptThis look of thine will hurl my soul from heavenAnd fiends will snatch at...

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