"Othello" as an Aristotelian Tragedy Analytical Essay by Nicky

"Othello" as an Aristotelian Tragedy
A brief paper showing how Shakespeare's "Othello" fits into Aristotle's definition of tragedy.
# 128569 | 758 words | 1 source | MLA | 2010 | US
Published on Jul 27, 2010 in Drama and Theater (English) , Literature (English) , Shakespeare (Othello)

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The paper explains how according to Aristotle, a tragedy must imitate life through events and words, and the plot must evoke certain emotions from the audience such as fear, pity, or sympathy. The paper then examines how "Othello" imitates life with its display of human emotion, and it evokes sympathy for Desdemona and Othello and fear of the jealousy, anger and hate. The paper clearly shows how "Othello" is a tragedy according to the Aristotelian definition.

From the Paper:

"Shakespeare's play, Othello, is an excellent example of a tragedy according to Aristotle's ideas for what constitutes a true tragedy. The play imitates life through basic human emotions such as jealousy and rage. In addition, Othello is far from being a perfect character - another quality that meets Aristotle's requirements. Othello also matches Aristotle's ideas of tragedy because our Othello realizes the error of his ways, inducing sympathy from us. If we carefully examine the third scene in the third act, we can see how Othello fits into Aristotle's definition of tragedy. This passage reveals how much Othello has deteriorated as far as his ability to reason or consider things with Desdemona logically. Humanity seems to unravel in this scene as we watch Othello experience a myriad of emotions that only push him closer to the proverbial edge. We feel fear, sympathy, and pity as we watch the man transform before our eyes."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Shakespeare, William. The Tragedy of Othello. Alvin Kernan, ed. New York: Signet Classic Books. 1963.

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