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"Like so many of Shakespeare's tragedies, the ultimate tragedy of 'Othello' is caused by a fatal law in the eponymous hero" - Evaluate the truth of this statement, drawing in references from other sources where possible.

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"Like so many of Shakespeare's tragedies, the ultimate tragedy of 'Othello' is caused by a fatal law in the eponymous hero." Evaluate the truth of this statement, drawing in references from other sources where possible. Fatal flaw is an entity present in everyday situations, which can lead to complications in a person's life. It could be a person's greed to eat, to someone being impetuous and rash. Fatal flaws such as pride, status, greed, power, ambition, infatuation and jealousy are present in the Shakespearean tragedy 'Othello'. Ultimately in the tale it is jealousy, which over powers the eponymous hero to kill his beloved wife and himself. I strongly believe that the tragedy illustrated in 'Othello' is indubitably the hero's fatal flaw; Jealousy is solely to blame and is the flaw, which leads to ruining his relationship, friendship and eventually ending his life. Throughout the play Othello is constantly being referred to as 'the Moor', which is a member of the Muslim group of people from mixed Arab Berber decent. This is also racially abusive to 'Othello' as it consigns to his race and shows other character's depriving him of his ethnicity and individuality. Other individuals convey their feelings about 'Othello' by saying terms such as 'the thick lips', 'Barbary horse' and 'old black ram' to express 'Othello's' facial qualities. ...read more.

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The play shows the perils of impulsive reactions when 'Romeo and Juliet' are introduced to one another, married and dead within two days. This maybe due to their spontaneity as Friar Lawrence proclaimed 'wisely and slow, they stumble that run fast.' Othello was also hot headed and reckless when he made the impulsive decision within moments of finding out his wife's infidelity to kill her and her 'lover.' 'Let me hear thee say that Cassio's not alive, 'lest her body and beauty unprovide my mind again - this night.' This rash and imprudent declaration may have been the result of all things ending up malevolent. This can be seen similar to the Beatles lyrics 'Run For Your Life' where it writes 'catch you with another man that's the end, little girl' which is eventually what Othello accomplishes. 'These strong Egyptian fetters I must break or lose myself in dotage.' This quote from one of Shakespeare's great historical love stories, 'Antony and Cleopatra' is portraying Antony's infatuation for Cleopatra. His judgment is to break his obsession or it will result to him being lost in his fixation. Passion and infatuation is also evident in 'Othello' as he clearly states 'how I did thrive in this fair lady's love, and she in mine'. ...read more.

Conclusion

So, did Desdemona and her greed to listen to affect Othello? It may have been Emilia's ambition to please her sexist husband who referred to women being only good for one 'thing', 'you have a thing for me? It is a common thing-.' She took the handkerchief and gave it to her scheming husband. It was maybe that which led to the damage and of course made Iago successful of generating jealousy in Othello. Like the tale 'Eloise To Abelard' where the author Alexander Pope writes 'ambition first sprung from your blest abodes,' which is where exactly the ambition for Emilia embarked from. Or was it Roderigo's jealousy for Othello as he has the 'thing' that he most wants. When Roderigo heard of Othello and Desdemona's marriage he said to Iago ' I will incontinently drown myself in my sorrows.' But ultimately I believe it was solely the fatal flaw present in Othello which led to the ruination, devastation and death in the tragedy that left Othello 'over [his] jealousy' and repent like John Lennon 'I didn't mean to hurt' but the 'jealousy' did indeed eat Othello up and eventually killed him. Jealousy is truly a 'tyrant of the mind', which as we witness leads to events unbelievable. Iago's jealousy and greed for prominence that leads to a rancorous scheme that guided, its way to eating up calm, humble souls such as Othello's. ...read more.

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