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"Othello in his magnanimous way, is egotistic…. A habit of self-approving, self-dramatization is an essential element in Othellos' make up."F.R Leavis - How far do you support each of these statements?

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  • Submitted: 19/06/2006
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University Degree Othello

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"Othello is so noble..... and his sufferings are so heart-rending, that he stirs..... in most readers a passion of mingled love and pity which they feel for no other hero in Shakespeare." A.C Bradley

"Othello in his magnanimous way, is egotistic.... A habit of self-approving, self-dramatization is an essential element in Othellos' make up." F.R Leavis

How far do you support each of these statements?

Is Othello noble? Is Othello egotistic? Do we love or loathe Othello? These questions have answers for and against them. We can see from the quotes by Bradley and Leavis that they both have very different opinions. From the start of Brdley's quote we can see that he believes Othello is 'noble'. From analysing the play I personally believe that Othello is noble at the start of the play but not at the end. I will now explain why I believe this using evidence from the play.

The following quote shows that Othello is respectful and polite. "Most potent, grave, and reverend signors" (L77 A1 S3) This quote is said by Othello talking to the Duke and Senators. I believe that if Othello was not noble he

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