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Othello

By | September 2005
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The definition of a tragic hero is that an individual who has a mixture of admirable qualities and a tragic flaw which proves fatal. This suggests Othello is a tragic hero, though qualities such as nobility in thoughts or actions do not consistently portray Othello throughout the play. Despite his brave reputation as a soldier and characteristics of trusting and caring initially with Desdemona, his weaknesses in both his own character and his vulnerability to Iago¡¦ s lies, and the decision of killing Desdemona at last do not make Othello sufficiently noble in thought or action to attain the status of a tragic hero.

Imperfections such as pride and jealousy are signs of an insecure personality. The Othello in the beginning of the play is a noble character. His pride of a great soldier and general is shown in the power of his speech in the beginning of the play. Othello¡¦ s sense of his own pride can be seen when he said, ¡§My services which I have done the signory shall out-tongue his complaints.¡¨ (I, ii, 18-19) And also all the things he talks about to Desdemona are his stories as a soldier. This shows Othello is proud to be a soldier and a general. It was because of Othello¡¦s pride, he does not seem to allow anyone to defy him. That is why Othello¡¦ s jealousy is so great and immediately doubting Desdemona ¡¥s loyalty when he heard what Iago said about her. This can be seen when Iago says, ¡§My lord, I see you¡¦ re moved¡¨ and also Othello says, ¡§If more thou ¡K to observe.¡¨ Othello¡¦s pride and jealousy lead his mind to suspect Desdemona. This states that Othello is ignoble in thought to earn the status of a tragic hero. Othello¡¦ s life as a general and being a foreigner to Venetian culture makes him inexperience with woman and naive in romantic life. Othello cares and trust Desdemona completely initially because he has not yet met any difficulties or ¡§storms¡¨ between him and Desdemona. His trust can be seen when Othello ask Desdemona to speak for...
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