Conventions Of A Shakespeare Tragedy Essay

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Every Shakespeare tragedy follows the same conventions. Some of the conventions are tragic hero with a tragic flaw, anti-hero, tragic fall, fate, and supernatural. A convention is something in Shakespeare that has a certain effect.
The tragic hero always has a tragic flaw. A tragic hero cannot be a hero unless he has a tragic flaw. The tragic flaw brings the downfall of the hero.
Othello is the tragic hero, because Othello is a character of nobility. He is good at the beginning but at the end he starts to become evil. ‘‘Othello’s downfall is jealousy (Othello’s Tragic Flaw) Iago tells Othello not to be jealous when Othello thinks his wife is cheating on him. Iago says to Othello, “O, beware, my lord, of jealousy; it is the green-eyed monster which doth mock the meat it feeds (Othello Act 3 Scene 3).” The meaning of this quote is not to be jealous, but because Othello is jealous that brings his downfall. It destroyed him and caused him to become gullible.
In Romeo and Juliet the tragic hero was Romeo and his tragic flaw was being spontaneous and blinded by love. Romeo kills Juliet’s cousin, Tybalt which caused a huge conflict and after that they wanted Romeo dead (Romeo and Juliet’s Tragic Flaw). Some other flaws with Romeo besides spontaneity Romeo thought he had to always have her and if she was dead he would kill himself (Romeo and Juliet’s Tragic Flaw). Romeo was foolish he killed himself when he saw Juliet dead but in the end she was not really dead but when she saw Romeo was dead she killed herself.
The comparison between Othello and Romeo and Juliet is Othello and Romeo is both spontaneous. Othello was spontaneous because he killed his wife without thinking that she might have been telling the truth. In Romeo and Juliet, Romeo is spontaneous because he killed himself without even checking to see if Juliet was alive. . Romeo and Othello both were foolish because Othello trusted the wrong person.
The anti-hero or villain is the complete opposite of the tragic Hero. In Othello the anti-hero is Iago. Iago says, “I am not what I am (Othello Act 1 Scene 1)" which means, I am not who I appear to be. He is a villain because he has incredible envy. He is envious of Cassio because Cassio has the job that Iago wants as lieutenant. Iago manipulates people. He gets everything he wants because everybody trusts him and they think he is honest but he is actually deceitful. He looks out for his self and no else he does not care who gets hurt as long as his plan works. He lied to every one even his own wife.
In Julius Caesar, Cassius manipulates Brutus by sending fake letters from the citizens expressing their fear of Caesar being crowned emperor in order to get Brutus to join his cause to assassinate Caesar. Cassius brings Harm to people. He plans to harm Caesar by getting a group together to assassinate him at the capital. He has deeper motivations than those that are clear to the other characters, and usually is smarter than the other characters....

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