Othello Essay

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OthelloOthello is the hero of this tragedy. However, the action of the play centers more around Iago than Othello. From the very beginning, Othello is an outsider in society. He is a Moor, a foreigner and a black man from North Africa, and is automatically discriminated against in an all-white society. However, his skill as a leader and a military general make him valuable to the Venetian government. In the beginning, he is generally popular and well liked among his soldiers and the people of Venice. He is sought after by the Duke and the Senate for his ability as a fighter. There are three characters in particular that despise him: Iago, Roderigo, and Brabantio. Each has his own reasons for disliking Othello and each will play a role in his downfall.As is necessary in every tragic hero, Othello has a fundamental flaw. In his case, he has more than one flaw. The first is his hot-headed and passionate nature. "My blood begins my safer guides to rule, / And passion, having my best judgment collied, / Assays to lead the way" (II.iii.164-166). When angered or emotionally riled, he stops thinking and starts feeling. He makes rash decisions that he regrets afterwards when he does stop to think about it. For example, he fires Cassio for fighting while drunk in the middle of the night without knowing the full story of the matter. That then leads us to his next flaw, which is excessive pride and a preoccupation with reputation. When he makes a mistake in the heat of the moment, he is too proud to rectify it and admit that he did the wrong thing. Iago takes advantage of Othello's flaws and uses them to destroy all that Othello holds dear. He stokes Othello's pride by flattering him and convinces him that his decisions are always right and should be upheld.Othello, as an outcast, is extremely insecure. "Haply for I am black / And have not those soft parts of conversation / That chamberers have, or for I am declined / Into the vale of years" (III.iii.298-300). He fears that he is unworthy of Desdemona and is predisposed to believe that she would be unfaithful to him. Iago uses this knowledge and subtly changes Othello. Othello becomes deranged under Iago's influence. He slaps Desdemona in the presence of the Venetian delegation. He has been so thoroughly convinced be Iago that Desdemona is false that he is completely blind to the evidence to the contrary. He sinks further and further into Iago complicated plot and by Act IV, Othello's speech becomes very much like Iago's. Instead of iambic pentameter, he uses a great deal of prose and suggests sadistic ways of killing his wife.When Desdemona pleads for her life, he will not listen to her dying wish and is not in the least remorseful or guilty. He does not realize the full implications of his actions until Emilia accuses Iago of treachery and by then, it is far too late. Ironically, his character returns to its original state at the beginning of the novel just as he is about to die. He begs the gentlemen to...

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