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Analyzing Othello in Terms Of Aristotle's Poetics.

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Vanessa Mendez Eng265.5900 The Drama Midterm examination Analyzing Othello in Terms Of Aristotle's Poetics Aristotle's Poetics are methods that have been used for centuries. They are considered to be the guidelines for a well written tragedy. Aristotle believed that the plot has the most important part of a tragedy. Everything else like hamartia and diction form the plot. Othello is a perfect example of tragedy. According to Aristotle tragedy "is the imitation of an action that is serious and also as having magnitude"- "with incident arousing pity and fear, where to accomplish its catharsis of such emotions" (Pg-5). ...read more.

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Othello did become depressed and began to feel anger and hate towards poor Desdemona. He also had bear hearing the lies Iago came up with, and evidence that proved that Desdemona was having a supposed affair. Still today this serious action could have still caused a tragedy. Aristotle's idea of tragedy being of a certain magnitude can be seen when Othello kills his wife. Then when he learns that it was all lies and intrigues caused by honest Iago he commits suicide. ...read more.

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But before he died he said "I kissed thee ere I killed thee, now way but this, killing myself, to die upon a kiss". He kisses her and dies. Shakespeare in many of his plays used Aristotle's poetics guide. That's why many of his plays have very good tragedies, for example: Hamlet, avenging the death of his father; Oedipus killing his father and marrying his mother; Romeo and Juliet killing themselves for their love; and Othello kills his wife and self for believing intrigues. In Othello we see the important elements of a tragedy which are: tragedy with serious action, a certain magnitude, pity and fear. Othello fits the Ideas of Aristotle's Poetics. ...read more.

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