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Othello's fate is inextricably linked to characters such as Iago and Desdemona. Iago succeeds in manipulating Othello for his own ends, and Othello is too innocent in love to save his wife from death.

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Othello's fate is inextricably linked to characters such as Iago and Desdemona. Iago succeeds in manipulating Othello for his own ends, and Othello is too innocent in love to save his wife from death. Othello is a tragic hero because many other people in the whole play describe him as a hero. He is also tragic because he dies in the end and kills his wife due to Iago's mind games. Othello is also a general in the army and he got there after escaping the slavery from Africa. This would have been a hard thing to do back then. He is described as 'brave and valiant'. This shows that in many people's eyes that he is a brave man for what he has accomplished in his life. People look up to him as a role model and high people like politician's respect and him but others don't. To Othello everyone is respectful to him however behind his back some people critise him. This is evident with Iago, to Othello's face he respects him by calling him 'sir' but behind his back he criticises him. ...read more.


He is just filled with pure hatred for Othello and he has not thought about the consequences at the end of it. Iago could feel that he has been denied love, power and order so he seeks to destroy them that do have these like the mentioned above. The arrival of Lodovico helps Iago to ruin Othello because Lodovico sees Othello strike Desdemona and if he didn't see it then no one would believe it. Lodovico is also high in power and so people will believe but no one would believe Iago because he is not very respected and will just be laughed at because no one would think that Othello would do something to his wife like that. Iago can then undermine Othello to people because of this incident and someone powerful and high up saw this so people know its true. Desdemona's suffering starts when she speaks to Othello in Act 3 Sc. 4 (line 42-43) when Othello says that Desdemona has no love for him and she just married him to accomplish something and say she married someone powerful. ...read more.


I think that he feels that he should die as a punishment of his duties he has carried out that night. He speaks to the people in his room not to make excuses for him but to describe the scene of how it is and what a barbarian he his. 'Nothing extenuate, Nor set down aught in malice. Then must you speak of one that not loved wisely, but too well.' I think that this is when you come to the term that Othello is a tragic hero and you really get how tragic this is for someone like Othello. To conclude this essay I feel that the whole of this tragic story is inextricably linked with the lives of others in this type of society. I think that because they are such a unit that this event and it have affected them all will affect their lives and they I think will always remember Othello as a man of great honour. Yet he did not get the right treatment that he deserved. He was just an innocent fool in love and friends with the wrong kind of man. This will justify Othello and make him out as the TRAGIC HERO that he is! By Drew Welch.10TF. ...read more.

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