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I am now going to weigh this against the case that Othello is a character displaying all the classic traits of a tragic hero

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Is Othello a Tragic Play? Othello is a character displaying all the classic traits of a tragic hero. Linguistically he is eloquent in style; "Rude am I in my speech and little blessed with the soft phrase of speech" (1.3.82-3). This also implies his modest side although he generally acts as an epic hero as opposed to a Christian leader and this too is reflected in his highly courageous and endearingly care-free speech: "he that stir next, to carve for his own rage, holds his soul light: he dies upon his motion" (2.3.169-170). ...read more.


This case relies on the assumption of Iago's completely evil nature and indeed he is generally scene as one of Shakespeare's most despicable characters. He has a multitude of motives. Resentment and jealously of Cassio's promotion: he wishes 'to get his place'- (1.3.391-2) and once demoted says, 'how do you now, lieutenant?' Hatred of Othello: 'doth like a poisonous mineral gnaw my inwards and when Iago goes on to taunt Othello with degrading sexual images of Desdemona (3.3.205) ...read more.


In the very first act there is a distinct theme of racism as Iago and Roderigo let their true feelings be known as they discuss Othello: "And I - God bless the mark, His moorship's ancient!" This is clearly sarcastic with the deliberate intent of mocking he of the 'thick lips' and Roderigo responds, "By heaven, I rather would have been his hangman". He also displays his naivety, which could be perceived as a fatal flaw, as he insists on calling Iago 'honest ' persistently throughout the play ?? ?? ?? ?? Mohammed Ishfaq ...read more.

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