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Of all Shakespeare's tragedies … not even excepting 'King Lear,' Othello is the most painfully exciting and the most terrible.

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Of all Shakespeare's tragedies ... not even excepting 'King Lear,' Othello is the most painfully exciting and the most terrible Most of Shakespeare's stories follow a similar trend. Each story starts by introducing the main character as hero and often the play is named after the main character (who is called an eponymous hero). The hero will start to fall because of different reasons throughout each play. For example: Macbeth starts out with a good rank in the army, he felt that he had to do something himself rather than waiting for it to happen so he killed the king. He was also pushed on by the witches and even his own wife. King Lear gave away his kingdom to his two daughters who displayed their love for him the most, but he disowned the daughter who told him that she simply loved him as a daughter, who truly loved him. On the other hand Othello, is a general and he has a lot of good and trustworthy friends (so he thinks). ...read more.

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When I have pluck'd thy rose I cannot give it vital growth again; In Othello the murder takes place in Othello's bedroom (therefore a domestic setting) and the murder is just between Othello and Desdemona. I think this also adds to the story because everything is done in secret and because most of the time very few people are in the scene at one time. This is one of the reasons the story is so much more unique than the other stories... The Othello story is also very powerful because the play distorts and makes human emotions very real to the reader. There is a passionate love that Othello and Desdemona hold between them, but when the hatred of Iago gets in the way he stirs up a jealousy in Othello so strong that it drives him mad thinking about it. Quote from Act 3, Scene 3, Lines 438-440 I know not that; but such a handkerchief I am sure was your wife's, did I today See Cassio wipe his beard with. ...read more.

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At times they are also poetic and strong. This shows that Iago is a very strong character as well because he has the ability to get messages into people's minds and hurt them really deep so that he doesn't state the conclusions of the matter, but the person he is talking to will. Throughout the story there is a really strong element of love and hate. The love between Othello and Desdemona, but the hate of Iago against Othello. When the story in and around Act 1 it is plainly obvious to see that Othello and Desdemona love eachother so much and wouldn't allow anything anyone else says about it break them up. Then when Iago starts to work with his mind tricks he starts to ruin the relationship that Othello and Desdemona have. Quote from Act 2, Scene 1, Lines 192 - 193 O, you are well tun'd now! But I'll set down the pegs that make this music, As honest as I am. Christopher Clark 10F English Coursework - Othello ...read more.

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