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How does the ending of Othello relate to the ideas and characteristics of the text as a whole?

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BY: Chelsea Forest How does the ending of ?Othello? relate to the ideas and characteristics of the text as a whole?? ?Othello? by William Shakespeare is a classic tragedy that follows the downfall of the classic tragic hero Othello. Without the hero?s death, caused by his fatal character flaws, and the demise of those around him at the conclusion of the play, this quintessential tragedy could not be characterised as thus. The play?s five act structure coincides with the tragic process of Othello. Act 3 is both the climax of the plot and Othello?s downfall, when Othello vows to kill Desdemona. This action subsequently alters his speech to prose and he uses base animalistic and destructive imagery, similar to that of Iago, ?O, thou weed?. This parallel with Iago shows the responder how much the hero has fallen, and also enables the responder to comprehend what Othello might be capable of. At the beginning of the play he speaks in verse and iambic pentametre, and his language is eloquent and refined, especially when talking about his love for ?gentle Desdemona?. ...read more.


This slight redemption can also be seen through his language as it reverts back to verse from prose and he asks to be remembered ?as I am?, not the jealous and hateful Moor that he once was. Othello, however, sees no other option that suicide to wholly regain his honour like a warrior. With the death of the tragic hero and the conclusion of the plot order is restored. This is done when Gratiano takes the place of Othello?s successor ?Gratiano, keep the house?for they succeed on you?. As a typical tragic hero Othello always had to die to meet convention. Only the death of the tragic can restore order and bring an end to the chaos. The conclusion of the play must end the way it does because convention dictates that in a typical tragedy the tragic hero must fall on his sword. Othello?s role as the tragic hero is the reason that he must die at the end of the play however it is his fatal character flaws that cause the deaths of the characters around him. ...read more.


Othello?s character flaws lead him to make rash decisions and cloud his judgement causing a domino effect that ended in the death of Desdemona and other characters. If Othello did not have these flaws in his character then the ply would have concluded in a very different manner. Othello?s jealousy driven actions would have been replaced with logical and collected thinking, saving the lives of not only Desdemona and Emilia but himself as well. However convention dictates that the tragic hero must have tragic flaws that lead to his downfall as well as those around him, so the other characters, especially Desdemona had to die because Othello?s fatal flaws could not allow otherwise. As a definitive tragedy, ?Othello? must follow the tragic hero?s fall from grace, caused by his fatal character flaws. The actions that he takes because of these flaws not only lead to his destruction but also the deaths of the characters around him. Iago?s lust for revenge may be the catalyst for the disastrous events, however only Othello?s flaws and subsequent actions can account for the simply tragic end of this play. ...read more.

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