Othello the Tragic Hero

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Jealously, Often this trait takes people over, controls their thoughts and persuades them to do stupid things. William Shakespeare portrayed this flaw extremly well in the play Othello. IN the play, Othello, is a character who seems almost perfect, but his flaw jealousy is brought out but his trusted companion Iago. This trait makes Othello the tragic hero due to the fact that he sacrifices his life in good name. When being accused of “witchcraft” by Barbantio ( Desdemonas father) and senators he remains in control and courageous. “ Most potent, grave, and reverend signors.... Rude I am in speech And little blessed with the soft phrase of peace” (1.3.91-97) This is an example of how he loves Desdemona truly . He explains this with style, control, courage, and grace. Also in (1.3.47) it is showed that he is respected “Here comes Barbantio and the valiant Moor.” Iago’s plot to ruin Othello starts to show up in the very beginning of the book when he angers Barbantio with the news of the Moors marriage to Desdemona ( Barbantios daughter). “ I am one,sir, who comes to tell you, your daughter and the Moor are making the beast with two backs.”(1.1.128-131) This news angers Barbantio very much because he was not infromed of his daughters courtship to Othello and feels betrayed by Desdemona. Also he does not like the fact that Othello is of different race than he is. Another quote that shows Iago wants to ruin Othello is in Act 1 scene 1 line(s)4-42 “[S’blood,]but you’ll not hear me ....To love the Moor”.This quote shows Iagos hatred for Othello because he appointed Michael Cassio as his ancient and no... ... middle of paper ... ...at he had killed his love. Iago winds up killing Emelia because she told Othello the truth about the handkerchief. Since Othello tires to kill Iago, but fails, he kills himself. Iago winds up going to jail to be tortured. Othello paid the ultimate price. His life. In conclusion Othello is the tragic hero because he was essentially perfect, except for his major flaw. Jealousy. This flaw eventually leads to his downfall, the killing of his faithful wife( contradictory to what he thought) and himself. This play should open everyones eyes about trusting people and having facts before you jump to conclusions. Remember jealousy is the green eyed monster that causes everyone you love pain and suffering. “O, Beware, my lord, of jealousy It is the green eyed monster wich doth mock The meat it feeds on” (Iago.3.3.194-196)

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