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All of the characters who experience misfortune in Othello bring it upon themselves. Discuss the truth of this statement.

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Othello, the Moor of Venice Essay: Character Weakness and Downfall All of the characters who experience misfortune in Othello bring it upon themselves. Discuss the truth of this statement. Many of William Shakespeare's tragedies, including Othello, the Moor of Venice, (c. 1601-1604), commonly portray characters that eventually experience misfortune by the end of the play. This tragic play is a prime example of depicting various characters that each come to their own downfall because of a defective critical weakness. In the play, Othello's mislead insecurities in his wife's love for him, Roderigo's foolish trusting nature, and Desdemona's submissive naivety all illustrate Shakespeare's usage of a critical weakness in causing each character's own misfortunate downfall. Othello, who slowly becomes increasingly jealous of Cassio, begins to reveal his key weakness of being mislead to insecurity in his innocent wife's love for him. Scene three of Act three is crucial as it reveals the important transition from Othello's peaceful state of mind to constant insecurity, shown through the tone of the direct dialogue given by Othello. He starts to demand Iago many inquisitive questions such as, "Was not that Cassio parted from my wife?" (3.3.38), and, "Why of thy thought, Iago?" (3.3.108), regarding the touchy circumstance of Cassio's apparent affair. ...read more.


(1.1.1-3). Immediately, Roderigo's dependence in Iago is shown; he has given him full control of his money but he is resentfully complaining that Iago is not telling him everything about his stories. Roderigo explicitly states that his money is practically Iago's money, but at the same time he protests that he is not being told what he wants to know. This already foreshadows that Roderigo will be kept out of Iago's plans; however he will continue to unknowingly provide him with money, having ultimate trust in him. The irrational trust Roderigo has for Iago remains to such a degree that he is seen to his downfall unexpectedly. Being the sole character knowing Iago's sinful plans, he does not act upon it; in fact he helps Iago achieve his malevolent wants, simply because of a thoughtless desire for Othello's wife. As Iago assures Roderigo not to give up on the brilliant plan on multiple occasions, Roderigo easily becomes convinced just by the imprudent thought Desdemona. He even goes as far as saying, "I'll sell all my land." (1.3.384). Not only does this possible hyperbole describe the great trust he has in Iago, and the extremes he is willing to go to, it merely proves how easily he comes to his downfall, simply by blindly putting a huge deal of dependence in Iago. ...read more.


The deep contrast in diction used with 'stubbornness and frowns' to 'grace and favor' erases the possibility of Desdemona to think negatively about her husband. Even when death is all but certain, she eliminates the chance of her fighting back for the righteous life she deserves. Likewise, her final words manifest her unconditional love for Othello by taking the entire misunderstanding upon herself. Thus her submissive nature and her na�ve notions imprudently bring her to her death. Misfortunate downfalls were almost certain in each of the three characters due to a fatally defective weakness. Each character of the play eventually met their hapless deaths, proving the ability of their acknowledged weakness to bring misfortunes upon themselves. Othello, who had an open mind to being mislead into developing treacherous insecurities in his wife's love met his downfall by firstly killing his wife, then himself. Roderigo, a foolish natured suitor for Desdemona, blindly put his trust in Iago to such an extent that he experienced his own murder by Iago himself. Lastly, Desdemona, submissive in character and na�ve in thought, allowed herself to fall into Othello's vehemence by being strangled in her own wedding sheets. Conclusively, these characters, having a grave deficiency in character, all met with their misfortunate downfalls by the end, supporting the true nature of Shakespeare's tragic plays in history. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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