An Aristotelian Interpretation of Othello

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Aristotelian Interpretation

There are many different interpretations of Othello varying on the morals and values of its composer. One interpretation of Othello is an "Aristotelian interpretation". This interpretation emphasises the ideology that it is through Othello's character flaws, or "hamartia", combined with Iago, the antagonist's manipulation that result in his eventual descent into insanity and chaos.

FLAWS OF THE PROTAGONIST DUE TO HUBURIS, OR EXCESSIVE PRIDE
The Aristotelian interpretation argues that throughout Othello, it is plain from textual evidence that huburis, Othello's inherent character flaw of excessive pride, it to a degree responsible for Othello's downfall. This is illustrates by the Othello's statement, "I swear ‘tis better to be much abused than but to know't a little", this demonstrates that Iago, and the audience know that Othello's ability to trust is great and shows how easily it could be taken advantage of. There is also dramatic irony present as the audience know that this is the integral part of Iago's plan, to manipulate Othello's flaw to be advantageous in his plan. Othello's character flaws of extreme passion and love drives Othello to act on impulse, sometimes introducing irrational and erratic behaviour, i.e. his epileptic fit. Othello's lack of introspection also forces him to jump to conclusions which fundamentally provoke him to lose self-control. Also, his lack of composure is presented when Othello says "How shall I murder him Iago?" immediately after Cassio leaves.

CHARACTER EXPERIENCES A DOWNFALL, OR "FALL FROM GRACE"
An Aristotelian interpretation also centres around a character experiencing a downfall, as demonstrated by Emilia to Iago, "Upon my soul, a lie, a wicked lie!". The whole play is built around Iago's lie, and the downturn is due to this lie. Emilia is stating what has just happened, concluding that her husband has also deceived her. Iago's manipulation of Othello also plays a central role in...
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