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Othello: One Of Shakespeare's Tragic Heroes

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Othello: One of Shakespeare's Tragic Heroes

Othello is one of Shakespeare's tragic heroes. Othello is a
well-respected character in this play. Othello is portrayed as a man
with much greatness. Othello is tragic hero because he has a fault in
his character that brings his death to others. Unquestionably,
Othello's downfall is brought about during the course of this
Shakespearean drama. Othello is a general and others such as Iago and
Roderigo who are envious of the power and the respect shown to him
despite his colour. The introduction of Othello to the audience
reflects Shakespeare's use of the art of subtlety. Othello is not
introduced to us directly but through the impressions of others,
namely: Iago and Roderigo. Iago hated Othello for various reasons, one
being Othello promoted a close friend of his, Cassio. Iago feels he
should been given the promotion and by failing to gain the promotion
he feels jealous. Iago argues that Othello is unfair.

"I know my price, I am worth no place a place" (Act 1, scene 1,line 11)

Iago argues Othello is unfair because he didn't get the promotion, but
instead it was given to Michael Cassio.

Our attention is firstly held by the conversation between Iago and
Roderigo. Shakespeare doesn't include the main character 'Othello' in
scene one of the play. Iago speaks about Othello in detail, giving the
audience an idea of Othello before he is on stage. This allows the
audience to judge for themselves whether what Iago and Roderigo say
about Othello is true or false. The audience waits in anticipation to
see Othello and judge him for themselves. Shakespeare wants the
audience to also see the characteristics of Iago and Roderigo so the
audience can judge who the villains are in the play and what their
motives are. Iago is a very powerful character in Act one scene one.
Iago is very good at using people and manipulating them for his own
purposes.

Shakespeare gives the audience an idea of the characteristics of
Othello before he is on stage, through the words of Iago in
particular.

Through Iago and Roderigo, Shakepeare portrays Othello as a subject of
hates and despises

Roderigo: "Thou told'ST me thou didst hold him in thy hate"

(Act 1, scene 1, line 7)

Iago gives an early indication to the audience that Othello is a man
of poor judgement. Othello, so unfair in his appointment of a
lieutenant that he promoted an inexperienced Michael Cassio, who " had
never set squadron in the field" and knew little more of the strategy
of war than mere theory and boastful talk, whilst overlooking the
supposedly tried, tested and more deserving Iago himself. In response
to this, Roderigo expresses his loathing of Othello, stating:

Roderigo: "By heaven, I would rather have been his hangman".

(Act 1, scene 1 line 34)

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