'it Is Difficult To See Othello As A Hero. Rather, He Is A Weak, Gullible, Proud Man Whose Tragic Fate Leaves The Audience Feeling Little Sympathy.' Do You Agree With This Statement? Support Your Answer With Reference To And Quotation To The Play.

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Phoebe Comerford-Flynn - Wednesday 3:30 - PMC'It is difficult to see Othello as a hero. Rather, he is a weak, gullible, proud man whose tragic fate leaves the audience feeling little sympathy.' Do you agree with this statement? Support your answer with reference to and quotation to the play.Personally, I disagree with this statement. I would not say Othello is still a hero after act III scene III. This is when we see Othello's fatal flaws being pulled apart by the evil Iago. This does make Othello weak in his mindset but nowhere else. Therefore, it shows him as a tragic hero, and you do feel sympathy towards him as the pain of what he has done is too much for him to bear and he ends up taking his own life.I felt great sympathy with Othello when I saw how Iago has pulled apart Othello's weakness' and exploited them. You can tell that Iago is out from the start to bring Othello down, "I follow him to serve my turn on him." With this line from Iago you can tell that he is going to in some way cause harm to Othello. I feel this helps you sympathise with Othello because you can tell from the start that something bad is going to happen to him. Iago does everything he can in the first act to cause trouble for Othello and you also see this when he gets Cassio to tell Bravantio about Othello and Desdemona's marriage. He turns something pure into something that it is not when he goes to Bravantio "An old black ram is tupping your white ewe." Othello is a man who has put his trust into Iago and with the way Iago exploits it from the start can help you sympathise with Othello.The love that Othello had for Desdemona also makes you feel sorry for him. He has killed someone he cares so much about all because of Iago making up lies to bring him down. Iago knows how Desdemona will be the key to bringing down Othello, so this is the weakness he chooses to exploit. Othello has always been very compassionate about Desdemona; "For know Iago, but that I love the gentle Desdemona," "She thanked me and bade me, if I had a friend that lov'd her, I should but teach him how to tell my story and that would woo her." He speaks of her in such a kind and loving nature. Iago then goes to ruin the pureness of the relationship by pouring doubt into Othello's mind of what could happen "O! beware, my lord, of jealousy; it is the green-eyed monster which doth mock the meat it feeds on." Iago has spotted that Othello's fatal flaw is jealousy and is going to tear away at it. This makes you feel sorry for Othello as he is so oblivious to what is going on around him by someone he trusts.Othello is a well-respected, genuine man. People look up to him and the things that he does, as he is a black man in a racist society who has a lot of power. This is why when his downfall occurs you feel sympathetic towards him. You feel bad for him because his insecurity stems from living in a racist society so he feels he has to prove himself. Bravantio says "Damned as thou art, thou hast enchanted...

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