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Othello As Tragic Hero Essay

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If one reads Shakespeare's "Othello", they can come to the conclusion that it might be one of the his most tragic plays ever written by Shakespeare. "Romeo and Juliet", is probably the most famous of his tragic plays, but "Othello", has characteristics that, I think make it even more tragic then his other plays, and therefore for that reason, you can say that Othello is the most tragic hero.Othello is a noble man, one who has grace with the ladies but also possesses all the virtues of a military leader that he is. He is a general that is experienced in battle. He has shown that he is reliable and well known in the military and is well respected. His valiant personality, is what draws people ...view middle of the document...

Othello's breakdown, almost to choke Iago, simply asks Iago"Villain, be sure thou prove my love a whore, Be sure ifit. Give me the ocular proof. Or by the worth of mineeternal soul, thou hadst been better have been born a dog.Than answer my waked wrath." (Act III, scene 3)This a point in the play where Iago starts unveil his malicious plan.It makes Othello react, in a manner that he usually does not. Othello has manyqualities that contribute to his overall worth. One being his trustfulness.At this point in time, Othello, says that Iago is a man of honor and trust, andtherefore has no reason not to distrust him.Many times Othello does not see the fake and malicious acts of Iago.This is done to extend the play and also add to Othello's tragic flaws. Othellotrusts too easily. Othello is used to dealing with military people and on thebattle field, a place where you put your life in the hands of others and trustis very important. Iago reputation on the battle field is well known and is nottarnished. With Othello being a military leader for most of his life, trustinganother military friend, is not uncommon, and therefore, Othello has no reasonnot to believe or trust Iago. So it can be said that Othello has a number oftragic flaws, one being trust worthy. It is not to say that being trust worthyis a bad characteristic, but to not trust your own wife?Othello, tragically, in Act III, scene 3, is thoroughly corrupted byIago, says that he believes that Desdemona is honest, but yet he thinks that sheis not. This is a part that Othello's "innocence" is torn to bits, because hedoes not know what to believe anymore. This is also where he comes to Iago foradvice, which is what Iago has been waiting for. Othello is seen as a confusedman without direction and does know what to do."By the world, I think that my wife be honest and thinkthat she is not. I think that thou art just and thinkshe is not.Othello then says to Iago:"Damn her, lewd minx, damn her, damn her!Come, go with me apart. I will withdrawTo furnish me with some swift means of deathFar that fair devil. Now art thou my lieutenant."(Act 3, scene 4, 540)Here it shows that Othello is now starting to believe Iago. Anothertime that Iago starts to make Othello believe even more that is wife isunfaithful is when he tells Othello that he has overheard Cassio talking in hissleep about Desdemona and that he has also noticed Cassio wiping his face withthe strawberry-embroidered handkerchief, that Othello had given to Desdemona forhis first present. This now where Othello is convinced that Desdemona has beenunfaithful, and vows revenge against Cassio and Desdemona. It is in thisscene that Iago implants the suspicions and jealousy in Othello's head, whichtragically bring about the events in the play. It is also here, whereDesdemona tries to reconcile the differences between Othello and Cassio, inwhich Othello sees...

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