Within the drama, “The Tragedy of Othello”, Othello maintains a vital role in the plot within Shakespeare’s writing. Othello held a prominent role in society as a general for Venice and was both physically and psychologically respected in his community. However, during the drama Othello makes an important decision by choosing to murder Desdemona even with no clear proof; this action would affect Othello greatly as the drama transpired. Throughout Shakespeare’s script, Othello is continuously manipulated by Iago which ultimately results in not only the death of Desdemona but also the death of Othello himself. All of his actions would play a part in the overall analyzation of Othello; a tragic hero. From the drama, the audience can discover that while Othello began the story as a noble he would eventually end as a criminal. It is mentioned in the story that Othello, a foreigner, climbed his way up the ranks through military prowess. This title and past experience would help him woo Desdemona to his liking and start a trail that would eventually lead to death. Othello …show more content…
The situation can be broken down into two parts: one with Iago bringing out all of Othello’s insecurities with his wife and also with Othello acting on his doubts to kill Desdemona. This action, killing Desdemona, makes Othello a tragic figure in this script because he killed the wife he loved so much; without knowing she was innocent. This tragic role of the main character in Shakespeare’s drama is quite common, even in a different drama, “Macbeth”, the original protagonist would succumb to internal conflicts. “the tragic hero—a man (Macbeth) of fundamental goodness whose inherent weakness results from an arrogant sense of self-sufficiency” (Conlin 15). This role of a tragic hero strikes Othello when his inherent weakness, jealousy, overcomes him as he murders
“Ay, let her rot, and perish and be damned tonight, for she shall not live. No, my heart is turned to stone. I strike it, and it hurts my hand. O, the world hath not a sweeter creature! She might lie byan emperor's side and command him tasks” (Shakespeare). Othello, the main character in Othello by William Shakespeare, was deceived by Iago to believe his wife, Desdemona, was cheating on him. He was different from the start. He was a Moor, therefore emotionally dealing with different scenarios as well as his physical attributes. Desdemona fell in love with him because how he dealt with adversity and his individualism. Even so, with many doubts on Iago’s accusation of Desdemona, he eventually caved in and believed his wife was cheating. Othello’s doubt with himself and his wife was prominent throughout the play. He was very static, and had huge effects on the characters around him.
Proud, noble, and brave warrior Othello is well respected and his military skills and adventures are widely known. He is charismatic, charming, self-reliant and well traveled. These personality traits made Desdemona fall in love with him, and by these, he measures his honorability. His measures his self-worth by the way he is perceived by others. That is the main reason why he perceives Desdemona’s alleged infidelity as ruining his honor. It makes him look like a fool and he feels that he has been taken advantage of because he is unwise and unfamiliar with the devious sexual practices of Venice women.
The brilliance of a tragedy lies in its ability to maintain its moral and the values it explores even in the tragic ending or in the downfall of its heroes. William Shakespeare does just this Othello, so quintessentially that the deaths in the end do not only refrain from undermining or canceling out the virtues of the play, but they actually restore them to the deceased, who have died because they have lost them. In this play, love, loyalty, and honesty are of foremost importance in the human condition, and when those are questioned or lost, chaos ensues. The tragedy lies in the fact that the truth is revealed only too late, and because of this only death can restore those values. The loss or misunderstanding of the major virtues in Othello lead to the tragic ending, but because Desdemona retains these virtues into her death, she allows them to be restored, and when the truth comes out, Othello dies to reclaim his honor and complete this restoration.
The personalities of Othello and Desdemona have been portrayed differently throughout the two plays and are susceptible to the mind games of Iago. In Shakespeare’s Othello, Othello is a character with depth that has a genuine personality. He is seen as being too trustworthy and continuously tries to look for the good in people. Despite his honoured reputation in the state and status as a general, he is ridiculed by his society because of his dark completion. Othello recognizes himself as an outsider and at times is extremely self-conscientious. His quality to be judgmental towards himself and his reputation in the eyes of others makes him a target for Iago.
In Shakespeare 's Othello, Iago persuades Othello that Desdemona is unfaithful by manipulating multiple characters in the play. Iago is a very crafty character who succeeds in using the power of language to carry out his plans without revealing his true intentions to other characters. In the play, Iago puts the seed of jealousy and suspicion in Othello’s mind by playing with everybody’s emotion. In the process, he ends up causing the death of all major characters, including the protagonist.
Othello feels that he is weak and he needs the rest of his soul back from Desdemona. He goes back to the house with intention to kill Desdemona. He feels he is doing it for honor. He goes to Desdemona and he tells her to free her self of any sins she might have and then strangles her to death while she is pleading to whom she loves the most not to kill her.
The play, Othello, takes place in Venice. Othello is a North African man who is the military general. He is an important figure in this story. Othello falls in love with Desdemona and secretly marries her.Both Iago and Roderigo hates Othello. Iago also does not get along with Michael Cassio because he has the position that Iago wanted. Brabantio, Desdemona’s father, did not like Othello because he think that Othello used a spell to make his daughter to fall in love with him. In this play many things happen that results in the death of many characters.
In The Tragedy of Othello, William Shakespeare tells the tale of the “noble Moor” whose honor and innocence bring about his downfall. Shakespeare writes of the power of jealousy, and the art of masterful deception and trickery. The story primarily takes place in Cyprus, during a war between the people of Venice and the invading Turks. In this play Shakespeare shows the feelings of Othello’s embittered right-hand man of, Iago, who feels he is passed over for a promotion and swears his revenge. He proceeds to manipulate his friends, enemies, and family into doing his bidding without any of them ever realizing his ultimate goal. He makes Othello believe that his new wife, the innocent Desdemona, is committing adultery with his newly promoted officer Michael Cassio. After this seed of jealousy has been planted, Othello’s mind takes its course in determining the true outcome, with a little more nudging from Iago. The course of action he proceeds to follow is one that not only ends his own life, but also the life of his wife and others. In Shakespeare’s Tragedy of Othello, Othello is a man who is still truly honorable, despite the course of action he takes to resolve his perceived problem.
Of Shakespeare’s five greatest tragedies, Othello is by far the most passionate and gripping. It is a tale of love, deception, evil, honesty, and virtue. Othello himself is set apart from other Shakespearean tragic heroes by the absolute feeling of affection the audience feels for him even unto the very end of the play. Any discerning reader painfully recognizes the virtue and goodness of Othello throughout the entire play, in contrast to the general degeneration of character so typical of a tragic hero. It is this complete pity that makes the death of Othello so tragic as the audience lends their full hopeful support until the inevitable and unavoidable fall. The evil side of Othello’s tragic flaw came from without, in the form of Iago. The internal flaw exists only in his heartrendingly unshakable goodness and honor.
...o confronts Desdemona while she is alone in her room. He asks Desdemona if there is anything she wants to tell him to try and get rid of her sins. He also says that this would be best for her because his mind is made up and she is going to die anyway. At this point Othello has convinced himself that what he is dong is fully justified because Desdemona will betray other men if he does not go through with it. Desdemona pleads for just one more day but he says that he just cannot grant this and that she must die now. Othello proceeds to suffocate Desdemona in her own pillow and though Othello hated to have to do it he at least feels that she can do no more harm but this all changes when everyone enters the room. After a few short dialogues Othello is informed that Iago had been lying the entire time and Othello proceeds to kill himself.
Othello, artfully composed by William Shakespeare, is a tragedy with clearly defined motives and relationships in comparison to his other well-renowned works such as Hamlet. Iago the main antagonist is dead set on ruining Othello’s life while remaining at large. On the other hand, Hamlet shifts from motive to motive and his most tragic characteristic is in return his indecisiveness. The relationship between Othello and Desdemona is one of the most debated of the play. However, the dramatist leaves us clear evidence to determine the overall authenticity of their love.
In the play Othello, by William Shakespeare, the Moor, Othello has just been mislead by the deceitful Iago that Desdemona, Othello’s wife, may be cheating on him. Iago attempts to convince Othello that it is Desdemona’s nature to betray him, just as she did to her father. Othello acts as if this news does not bother him, and he does not believe it. Although, once Iago exits the stage the audience hears Othello’s true thoughts in this soliloquy.
...erent character, more Iago like than Iago himself. He has no regret for what he has just done, and no respect to his innocent wife Desdemona, whose obedience and naivety led to her untimely downfall as well. Othello is a victim in the sense that he was puppeted by Iago, but also a villain in the sense that he is controlled the strings all along. He goes along with Iago’s judgement instead of his own, refuses to shed light on the situation by simply asking the two involved if they were actually involved, and even as his wife pleaded that he recognise she was innocent of any infidelity, he was already in too deep in his own jealousy to stop himself from himself. It is important that we remember both sides of Othello, and that we learn to distinguish this transformation of him as a character, for the thing that makes one a victim can also be one’s own tragic flaw.
Disappointment is absolutely crushing in a manner that a simple sad story cannot be, so it follows that The Tragedy of Othello, The Moor of Venice, is that much more tragic because initially it does not appear to be a tragedy at all. Until the moment Othello murders Desdemona, the play, though commonly thought of as one of Shakespeare’s four great tragedies, is structured more like those in what the First Folio would categorize as a comedy or what more modern scholars would call a romance. Othello is framed as a hero, his relationship with Desdemona is shown to be one that can stand up to just about anything and they travel to a new land, Cyprus, that is different than that which initially questioned
In Othello Shakespeare wrote about jealousy with an tragic ending that lead to Desdemona's death. Desdemona is a sweet Venetian Lady who has fallen in love with “The Moor”, Othello. Iago played games with othello's head to make him believe that his wife, Desdemona. Iago was responsible for Desdemona's death at the end of this novel. Although , Othello murdered her , Iago had led this to happen by causing Othello to be crazy jealous of the lie that iago placed into his head that she is cheating on him with Cassio his lieutenant.