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Othello" is a tragedy and Othello is a tragic hero. Discuss

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English Coursework On "OTHELLO" "Othello" is a tragedy and Othello is a tragic hero. Othello is a general in the service of Venice. He is good, courageous, brave and trustworthy. However he has some weaknesses such as insecurity; he is too open, na�ve, and gullible, Iago plays on his weaknesses which brings about his downfall and he kills himself. This causes the suffering of innocent people like Desdemona, Emilia, Cassio and Roderigo. The audience also feel pity for Othello and this creates a sense of wastage at the end. Iago's main aim is to bring about Othello's downfall. He has many reasons for this, such as his anger as Othello rejected him for the post of lieutenant and he hates the fact that a black man has such a high position, who has the power to reject him. Iago's plan to destroy Othello is mainly motivated by racism. He suspects that Othello slept with his wife. This play was written by Shakespeare in the 17th century. During that time, the attitude of the people towards the black people was negative. The black people were treated as lower class citizens. This play is initially set in Venice in the mid 15th century. ...read more.

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He also tells that he have a wide military experience than Cassio Before Act 3 scenes 3, the plot is driven by Iago's plan destroy Othello. At the beginning of the play Iago gets the help of Roderigo and arrives at the house of Brabantio and tells him that Othello has taken his daughter and married her secretly. After this, he acts as if he is good to Othello and tells him that Roderigo has spreading foul reports about him. He manages to get Cassio demotivated and makes Othello jealous and plays on every weaknesses and his insecurity. After this he makes Othello think badly of Cassio. He tells him that Cassio is having an affair with Desdemona. Then Iago makes Othello Suspicious by telling him about Desdemona, how he denied her father and why she cannot deny you. He seizes every opportunity he gets and uses it to bring Othello's downfall. This increases tension in the audience as they have already seen the power of Iago's manipulation. Iago plots for the downfall of Othello and he is successful in it. This increases the sympathy for Othello as his only mistake is he put his trust in Iago and Iago plays on his weaknesses. ...read more.

Conclusion

When he comes to know that he has made a mistake he kills himself. This Increases our sympathy for him Shakespeare intends the audience to think that Iago is more to blame than Othello as he is the one who makes him kill Desdemona. Othello is not without blame as he has many weaknesses which Iago seizes and plays on them. Othello is a victim of racism. Iago's plan to destroy Othello is motivated by his racist attitude. Although Othello is open to manipulation as a result of Othello's insecurities, such as jealousy. It could also be argued that these insecurities are caused mainly by the racist society. Which at its heart it is racist and sees him as an outsider as this play is set on Venice. It is not just Iago who refers to him as a moor. "I am one sir...... moor are now making the beast with to backs". But Brabantio also says that "Look to her, moor, if thou...... and may thee". Othello also recognises this as a possible reason for Desdemona's infidelity. "For haply I am black......" However there is one other consideration to take into account Othello acts with reason, rather then emotion when he decides to kill Desdemona; He still loves her. But his need to be in control is stronger in the end. He feels that his duty is to kill her. Finally both the factors are to be blamed. Janarthenan 10SNU ...read more.

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