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Othello The character of Othello is one of the most romantic figures among William Shakespeare's heroes. His romanticism evolves partly from the strange and mysterious life he has led as a soldier of fortune and from the adventures he led as a child.Othello's own nature is romantic with his dark, handsome, and grand appearance. He has an extremely poetic imagination. He wins Desdemona's hand by telling her of the exotic tales of strange people with customs and unusual appearances. Othello appears almost as a fairy tale character.Othello is a professional soldier. He is powerful, brave, and authoritative. He is liked by his soldiers, and demands respect from all of them. His reputation is strong, and it is his discipline that earns him respect from the Venetians.Othello does not question anyone's loyalty and is very trusting.He fires Cassio so as to set an example and will not reinstate him as a matter of principle. Othello maintains a strict code of honor both military and private. It is this code of honor that he uses to rationalize why he has killed Desdemona.Her death in Othello's eyes is an act of justice not revenge because his honor was lost and must be won back.Othello is a very simple man and not very observant. He has a bad temper and is prone to jealousy. Emotion excites but confuses Othello. Shakespeare emphasizes repeatedly the amount of self-control Othello has and must maintain over his passionate nature. An example of how necessary his self-control is when he tries to give an explanation of the fight between Montano and Cassio: "Now, by heaven, My blood begins my safer guides to rule, And passion, having my best judgment collied, Assays to lead the way." Othello says this when he finds Cassio participating in a drunken brawl in the middle of a Venetian street. Othello does not anticipate this to happen. During his wrathful rage of anger, Cassio is fired. Othello's vanity and jealously come out at the moment when he realizes that he risks ruining his reputation and letting down those who depend on him to hold his position as a Venetian soldier.Although he is naive about women, Othello loves Desdemona and is very devoted to her. It seems to the reader that they have a loving relationship and marriage. During our class discussion you learn that their relationship is based on lust for one another.The tragedy of Othello lies in his entire nature. Iago is able to spark Othello's poetic imagination when thinking of Cassio and Desdemona together. Othello feels that Iago is loyal and can be trusted. Iago counts on Othello's intense jealousy, bad temper, and simple mind to help with his evil, devilish schemes. He knows that Othello will react quickly and without thought when dealing with Desdemona and Cassio.Iago is by far the most fascinating and complex character Shakespeare creates in any of his plays. He is mysterious and baffling. He is presented as a 28-year old low ranked officer in Othello's army. He is married to Emilia and their...

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