analytical Essay
1250 words
1250 words

In many instances in literature, the flaws of characters lead into conflicts that arise and that the characters must attempt to overcome over the duration of the storyline. In some cases, the character facing these problems, typically the protagonist, is unable to triumph over such issues. This can cause their major character flaws to overwhelm them, and they can encounter even more troubles or even their own downfall. A comparable situation as the aforementioned is found in the Shakespearean tragedy, Othello, where the character flaws of the protagonist, Othello, cause weakness in his character, which ultimately leads to his downfall and death. One of the flaws that lead Othello to his downfall is the fact that he has very poor judgement, which is indisputably seen through the consistent trust that he finds in Iago. His downfall also occurs due to his overwhelming struggle against jealousy, which materializes primarily from the relationship that his wife has with Cassio. Furthermore, Othello’s insecurities cause weakness in his character, allowing the antagonist of the story, Iago, to use them in order to lead Othello into his downfall. With these faults in his character, it is evident that Othello’s downfall comes about due to his major character flaws. Regardless of whether someone in real life or a character in literature has poor judgement, it is common that they can have issues with trusting the right people, and that they tend to not trust those who they should find trust in the most. This is found precisely in the character Othello and his flaw of having poor judgement. Throughout the play, he finds himself to trust Iago the most, who in reality, is secretly the main opposing force working against Othello. After Iago con... ... middle of paper ... ...o’s insecurity was one of the major character flaws that leads to him killing himself at the end of the play. Conclusively, it is evident that in this Shakespearean tragedy, Othello’s downfall comes to be due weakness in his character, which comes into existence due to his major character flaws. Through his poor judgement, Othello can not figure out who is trustworthy and who he should find as not being loyal. Furthermore, jealousy overpowers Othello and his mindset, which fills him with thoughts of anger and hate. Likewise, Othello’s insecurity is a major flaw that bewilders him and causes him to be very distraught. Thus, with these points, it is unmistakeable that Othello faces a set of character flaws, that when found alongside each other, are almost impossible to overcome, which in the end lead to the tragic downfall and death of Othello in the end of this play.

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes how the character flaws of the protagonist, othello, cause weakness in his character, which ultimately leads to his downfall and death.
  • Analyzes how othello's poor judgement causes him to lose trust in desdemona and cassio.
  • Analyzes how othello experiences jealousy because it violates his trust in cassio due to the many characteristics which he believes desdemona desires.
  • Analyzes how insecurities can cause trouble in people's lives. othello is insecure about his race and faces worrisome thoughts because he is an outsider among the other venetians.
  • Analyzes how othello's insecurities make him believe that desdemona doesn't want to be with a moor, which causes her to have an affair with cassio.
  • Concludes that othello's downfall is due to his major character flaws, such as his poor judgement, jealousy, and insecurity.
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