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Othello Essay

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Othello: TragedyShakespearian tragedy involves the downfall of a great man, which would eventually lead to his destruction, moving the audience, and to make them pity him.In the course of his own destruction Othello must come to understand his own nature in a way that he did not beforehand. Othello confronts extreme loss, despair and suffering. He comes to realize that he was mistaken about Desdemona, deceived by the person he wrongly trusted. Through Othello's suffering as a result of finding he has unjustly killed what he loved most, he recovers the dignity and the nobility that he lost.The audience knows that the tragedy will end in destruction but what the audience does not know is what will lead to the end.Character: Desdemona:Desdemona is the "pretty girl" of the play who woos Othello into marriage and they elope without the knowledge of her father Brabanito. With her husband as newly appointed commander of Cyprus Desdemona goes to the recently captured city with her handmaiden who also happens to be Iago's wife.Desdemona is described a s extremely beautiful and also has a kind soul, she knows of Cassio's loyalty to Othello and is proud when Othello promotes Cassio to lieutenant. When Othello begins to put his trust in the scheming Iago his behavior becomes more erratic and when Cassio and Roderigo get into a barfight and Othello demotes Cassio Desdemona is there to remind Othello of Cassio's loyalty to him.This makes Othello suspicious of Desdemona's ability to uphold her vows of marriage and he begins to ponder whether or not Iago was being truthful about Desdemona and Cassio's love affair.When the handkerchief is taken by Emilia and given to Iago this is too much for Othello as the combination Iago's lies begin to sink in and Othello is sent over the edge and he agrees to be apart of Iago's plan to kill Cassio and Desdemona.Desdemona is asleep in her bed when Othello covertly enters her room and questions her loyalty to him, naturally she denies any kind of infidelity but unfortunately Othello has been brainwashed and no matter what Desdemona says she is smothered by Othello.Character profile: IagoIago was looking forward to a promotion and when he found out that instead of Othello promoting him to lieutenant he was passed over by Michael Cassio. This contributes to Iago's behaviour throughout the play and to make matters worse Iago believes that his wife Emilia is having an affair with Cassio.Iago chooses Roderigo as his pawn; he tempts Roderigo by saying that if Othello and Cassio were killed then he could have Desdemona. Iago first goes to Desdemona's father Brabanito and says that Othello and his daughter are having sexual intercourse and are getting married. When Brabanito is finally made aware of the marriage he accuses Othello of using black magic on his daughter. Iago tells Roderigo that he must fight with Cassio and when Cassio is demoted then Iago would take over the position, many believed that when Iago was placed in the...

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