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Shakespear's Tragic Hero Othello Essay

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A story about a tragic weak hero comes to mind when reading Shakespeare'sOthello. Our hero Othello has many faults in his character which make him the tragic hero he is. Just a few of this many faults that I will outline are his gullibility also his lack of a grasp on reality another is that he loses himself and becomes much like the villain in the story and the last is his weak will to keep his virtues.Othello's character seems quiet gullible in that he takes everything said at face value and he jumps to conclusions too easily. He does not question the essence behind what is being told to him. "His gullibility makes manifest his lack of rationality, of psychological insight and of mere ...view middle of the document...

This may contribute to his inability to face reality. Othello's last soliloquy; "Soft you. A word or two before you go"¦And smote him, thus. " (Shakespeare's, Othello p.263,265 act5. sc.2 line 397-417), shows that he was never truly able to grasp the reality that surrounded him and for this learning the truth lead him to his self destruction and death. By his own self-ignorance and clouded reality he adds to his faults to become more of a weak hero.We can observe that the character Othello grows and becomes more like Iago which adds to his description of a weak hero. When the breakdown of his character happens, he becomes corrupt "Although he is initially presented as a strong, confident character using typical heroic vocabulary, as he succumbs to jealousy and rage he becomes more like Iago and employs the villain's animal and diabolic imagery. According to critics who regard Othello as essentially noble, this change shows the innocent hero falling victim to Iago's schemes and being corrupted by his evil." ("Shakespeare for students"). An occurrence where we can see Othello's much changed character is when he adopts similar rage as that of Iago and he strikes his wife and shuns her, " striking her Devil!" (Shakespeare's, Othello p.189 act4. sc.1 line 268). Now the character Othello would not act this way normally but as the story progresses he slips farther into tragedy. The last folly that sends Othello into ruin is when he kills sweet Desdemona. In that scene, she begs "But while I say one prayer!" and Othello responds "It is too late. smothers her." (Shakespeare's, Othello p.243 act5. sc.2 line 104). This completes his...

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