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EMMA UNWIN - Essay on Othello.

Question: "The faults in Othello's character reduce him, and hence the play, to less than tragic stature.

To what extent do you agree/ disagree with this statement?

The Shakespearean play highlights the tragic hero Othello’s faults that do in fact reduce him, however they do not the lessen the credibility of the play’s tragic structure. It is through the influence of the characters in the play that the Othello’s fault are revealed and thus lead to the downfall of a tragic hero. Uncovered in the play are Othello’s tragic flaws, which include jealously and how the character of Iago is able to evoke this, too trustworthy of the ones he loves which ultimately leads to betrayal and the egotistical nature of Othello and how his ego blinds him in seeing the truth. Therefore Othello is driven into insanity and rage which leads him to hurt the people he loves most. Although it’s primarily Othello’s jealously that blinds him and thus leads him to his downfall, it can be seen that the play still follows the tragic structure as the responder can see a man with such high social standing fall from a recognized high position in society.

Othello’s flaws are revealed throughout the play which demonstrates that it is faults which ultimately reduce his tragic stature however not the tragic structure of the play. It is through the deceitful character Iago that uses Othello’s wife as a pawn to evoke his flaw of jealously. The tragic flaw of jealously can be seen through the use of personification, which highlights the jealously of Othello when Iago warns ‘it is the green-eyed monster which doth mock’ in Act 3, Scene 3. The symbolic colour of ‘green-eyed’ represents envy and jealously, thus colour is also used to represent the jealously of Othello. Ultimately Othello is jealous of Desdemona as she is supposedly favoring cassio which is evident as she pleas to Othello to ‘let cassio be received again’ and that ‘you’ll never meet a more...
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