To What Extent Is Othello Considered To

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To What Extent Is Othello Considered To Be A Tragic Hero? Essay, Research Paper Othello Othello, a noble moor, general in the Venetian army. Othello is considered to be a Tragic Hero. What is a Tragic Hero? To find the meaning of a tragic hero we must define what a tragic and hero mean. A tragic event is disastrous, dreadful or fateful. A tragic story or play has a serious theme usually results in death or defeat. In real life an example of a tragic event is unrequited love or a young person killed in a car crash. A hero is a man who displays courage or noble qualities. Normally perceived as a muscular, handsome man who dresses in a tight fitting costume. A tragic hero is a man who displays courage or noble qualities, but has a fatal flaw, which is exposed and can be twisted

by any villain. Othello´s fatal flaw is jealously and this is exposed and twisted by Iago. Iago uses this to make Othello do what he wants without knowing the costs. Many Shakespearean plays could be comedies if written slightly differently. The tragedy of Othello´s character is highlighted by the comedy of Roderigo who suffers the same fate. Although the audience laughed at the stupidity of Roderigo they couldn´t see the humor in the blindness of Othello at the hands of the same villain. Othello is a General and a hero, many people consider Othello to be a hero and others such as Iago and Roderigo who are envious of the power and respect shown to him despite his colour. In Elizabethan times it wasn´t anti-social to be racist. In this play Othello is refereed to “as his

Moorship” or “thick lips” on many occasion by Iago and Roderigo, this shows that they don´t have any respect for him as a person or a general. Both these men hat Othello and want some revenge against him. “I hate the Moor”. This quote by Iago is showing his hatred towards Othello. Iago dislikes Othello because he had promoted Cassio instead of him due to his breeding. Also Iago thinks Othello has had an affair with Emilia Iago´s wife. From the beginning we see that Iago has a grudge against Othello. Iago truly hates Othello, but Desdomona loves him. “I may profess due to the Moor my lord”. This quote by Desdomona is during the courtroom scene. In this scene Othello shows his heroic nature when he stands up to Brabantio about his marriage to Desdomona. He refuses

to give in under the pressure and proves to be a very dignified character. “Where hast thou stowed my daughter”. Othello remains so calm. He respects her father and thinks her father will stand by his decision because of his military standing and success, “Her father loves me; often invited me; from year to year – the battle, siege, fortunes that I have passed” The first time we see the weakness in Othello, is when he comes down to sort out a fight between Cassio and Roderigo/ Montano. He only listens to Roderigos and Montanos side of the story, which is told by Iago. He relieves Cassio of his position without listening to his side of the story. We can compare Othello to the Duke of Venice. The Duke of Venice when in court listens to both sides of the argument before

making a decision, Othello has not done this he has just taken the first thing he hears and believed it. We could say that Othello is not a good leader compared to the Duke. Othello´s lack of judgement is reshown when he lets Suspicion of Desdomona having an affair with Cassio take over his mind stopping all rational thought. He asks the opinion of Emilia (Desdomona´s handmaid and Iago´s wife) “You have seen nothing then?” Even though she replied “Nor ever heard, nor ever did suspect” he does not believe her because his poisoned mind can´t accept it. Despite disregarding Emilia he takes the side of her husband Iago who starts the whole thing in the first place. Iago is jealous because he is always overlooked by people and in the shadows of others. He knows the only