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(THIS IN OURSELVES THAT WE ARE THUS OR THUS) IS THE STORY OF OTHELLO ONE OF TRANSFORMATION OR EXPOSURE?
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("THIS IN OURSELVES THAT WE ARE THUS OR THUS") IS THE STORY OF OTHELLO ONE OF TRANSFORMATION OR EXPOSURE?
According to Aristotle's views a tragic hero is consistent and therefore should not be subject to sudden change if it does not contribute to the story or if it is not clearly motivated. If Othello is a tragic hero by Aristotle's definition then character must be exposed rather than transformed by Shakespeare. Arguing that the story of Othello is a transformation would contradict Aristotle's belief of consistency.
In Act III, scene iii when Othello says 'I'll tear her with all to pieces!" The usage of brutal metaphor, animalistic and hyperbolic language portrays his aggressive character. Furthermore, exclamation underlines the dramatic tone and his seriousness. Through the use of those techniques Shakespeare manifestly exaggerates the brutality of Othello. This gives us the impression of Shakespeare's racism in that the aim of this tragedy might be to convince its audience to have a negative view about the black race. Therefore, the way that Othello humiliates Desdemona through slapping her in front of other characters is inevitable because it is something than Elizabethans would expect. Considering the fact that Elizabethans were
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