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Othello Tragic Hero

By joelelyon1992 Oct 30, 2010 982 Words
Joel Nwamba Othello the outcome of the tragic hero Mrs. Dimitrio
ENG3U1-02
Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

In William Shakespeare, Othello is well presented as an excellent leader, but a poor reasoner

yet his ideal of leadership shows he’s a powerful man in matters of wars and state where

relatively no one lies to Othello, it shows they all seem to respect him, friendship are never

examined in the play he thinks those who know him love him , the important evaluation of

Othello is that although he’s a leader and leads well or means well, Othello lacks good

Judgment and a common sense this is obvious in his final speech, he never fully realized or

takes responsibility for what happened, Othello’s open and honest nature made him an easy

target. As he realizes the truth of Desdemona’s innocence Othello becomes anguished:
“This look of thin will hurl my soul from heaven, and fiends will snatch at it “(act 5, scene 2,

325-326) It is clear that he is tormented of Desdemona’s death. Although Iago is a man filled

with evilness and deceitfulness, ultimately, it is Othello’s fault to the tragic out come

Throughout the play in killing Desdemona

Othello allows Iago to get the best of him, by having an honest nature. By allowing that Othello

started reveling his true evilness in which it caused Othello to be filled with curiosity and

uneasiness. During the scene act3, scene 3 Othello begins to believe Iago’s words about Cassio

and Desdemona. Othello’s mind was now filled with suspicions by Iago he was convinced that

Desdemona is not loyal to him anymore: “Why did I marry? This honest creature doubtless sees

and knows more, much more, than he unfolds”. (3, 3,244-245) Othello begins to have doubts in

whether or not Desdemona was being faithful to her , he then also begins regretting that he got married to Desdemona. Lastly, Iago easily plays Othello when he begins planting further

suspicions. In act 3, scene 3, Iago mentions to Othello of what Cassio has being saying lately

during their sleep: Iago : “I lay with Cassio lately, And being troubled with raging tooth I could not

sleep. There is a kind of men so loose of soul that in their sleeps will mutter their affairs. One

of this kind is Cassio. In sleep I heard him say, ‘Sweet Desdemona, let us be wary, let us hide

our loves.’ And the, sir, he would grip and wring my hand, Cry, ‘O sweet creature!’ and then kiss

me hard, As if he pluck’d up kisses by the roots That grew upon my lips; then laid his leg over

my thigh, and sigh’d, and kiss’d, and then Cried, ‘Cursed fate that gave thee to the Moor’.

(act33, scene 3, 414-427)

Othello: “O monstrous, monstrous!” (Act 3, scene 3,428) Othello’s curiosity reaches its peak,

When Iago tells him of what Cassio has been thinking in the chamber as they went to lay down

it further seeds more suspicions and doubts to Othello. Othello allowed himself to get the best

him, he was played by his own weakness which was his open and honest nature that caused

him to put his trust on other peoples honesty ? in that if a man can easily be fooled then they

don’t deserve to be leaders in this outcome.

Throughout the play Othello’s jealousy overcomes him, and cannot judge for himself whats

true or false which leads to the tragic outcome of the play. This weakeness trusting Iago with

all his life with no sign of proof, of when Iago tells him that Cassio only had dream which ment

nothing and should strengthen other proofs of Cassio and Desdemona: Iago: “ ‘Tis a shrewd

doubt, though it be but a dream; And this may help to thicken other proofs that do

demonstrate thinly (3, 3, 430-431)

Othello: “I’ll tear her all to pieces!” (3, 3,432)Othello’s choice of thinking reveals that he began

having suspicions of what Iago had told him of Cassio and Desdemona having a an affair.

Despite of any proof jealousy go to Othello. Iago told Othello he claimed to have found the

handkerchief in Cassio’s hand whipping his bear : “ O that the slave had forty thousand lives!

One is too poor, too weak, for my revenge. Now do I see ‘tis true? Look here, Iago, All my fond

love thus do I blow to heaven; ‘Tis gone. Arise, black vengeance, from thy hollow cell! Yield up,

O love, thy crown and hearted throne to tyrannous hate! Swell, bossom, with thy fraught, for

‘tis of aspics’ tongues.(3,3,443-451)Othello now calls upon the forces of evil on his knees with

Iago he now let’s go of the honest nature he is to become an evil and violent man .Othello then

is convinced that Cassio was now seeing Desdemona and that the handkerchief was now in

Cassio’s hand and now vowed to kill both Cassio and Desdemona: “ I greet thy love, Not with

vain thanks, but with acceptance bounteous; And will upon the instant put thee to’t. Within

these three days let me hear thee say That Cassio’s not alive” (3,3,471-473)

Iago: “ My friend is dead; ‘Tis done at your request. But let her live”.(3,3,475)

Othello: Damn her, lewd minx! O, damn her, damn her! Come, go with me apart. I will withdraw

to furnishme with some swift means of death for the fair devil. Now art thou my lieutenant.

(3,3,476-479) Othello here now orders for Cassio to be killed by Iago with in three days and as

of Iago he asks Othello to spare Desdemona’s life but Othello refuses and plans on killing her.

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