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Who was to blame for the tragedy of Othello? The Tragedy of Othello is a result of nave innocence, cynical manipulation and pride. Fault cannot be

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Who was to blame for the tragedy of Othello? The Tragedy of Othello is a result of na�ve innocence, cynical manipulation and pride. Fault cannot be attributed to a single character in the text; however Othello seems to have some elements about his character which are crucial to the tragedy of this play. As the tale unfolds it discloses to the audience the true temperament of sexual jealousy, the issues with race and colour and the consequences which follow. At the beginning of the play; Othello has passed Iago over for the promotion in favour of the less experienced Cassio. Although he knows Iago as an honest man and as one who has sworn to put his life at risk in protection of his masters Othello still chooses Cassio. We as the audience are not offered any explantation as to why this choice was made but no one would have required any justification for his choice. ...read more.

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We could say that Othello is not a good leader compared to the Duke of Venice. Othello's lack of judgement is reshown when he lets suspicions of Desdemona having and affair with Cassio take over his mind, stopping all rational thought. He asks the opinion of Emilia (Desdemona's maid and Iago's wife) "You have seen nothing then?" Even though she replied "Nor ever heard, nor ever did suspect" he does not believe her because his poisoned mind can't accept it. Despite disregarding Emilia he takes the side of her husband Iago, who starts the whole thing in the first place. Later on in the play Othello's fatal flaw is exposed to the audience when we see him turn to be a jealous man. Evidence of this would be when Desdemona asks him to help Cassio, "Good Love, call him back" and his reaction is cold and bare in emotion. ...read more.

Conclusion

Having realised the horror of the situation he takes full blame for his actions and commits suicide and lies next to his beloved Desdemona to die. Othello's fatal flaw is quite noticeable throughout the play, but is mostly noticed when Iago twists it to get what he wants. Othello believed the lies told to him by Iago. He was insecure, he thought that a woman as beautiful as Desdemona could not love someone like him and this drove him to believe the outrageous lies said by Iago. Othello should have weighed out the facts before jumping straight into a conclusion. In conclusion, Shakespeare is far subtler than to place the complete fault on any particular character. Instead, all of the central characters share the burden, led by the antagonist Iago. Their tragic fate is sealed by their complicity, but also by specific weaknesses that allow Iago to control them. It just so happens that in my opinion Othello holds most of these specific faults which led to the tragedy of Othello. ...read more.

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