The Tragedy of "Othello" Analytical Essay by Master Researcher

The Tragedy of "Othello"
A literary review of Shakespeare's "Othello" that determines the tragedy of Othello.
# 36343 | 1,150 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Oct 07, 2003 in Drama and Theater (English) , Literature (English) , Shakespeare (Othello)


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This paper analyzes the tragedy of "Othello" and how it conforms to Aristotle's tradition of tragedy. The paper examines the tragic flaw of Othello and highlights how while Othello is one of the finest, noblest of men, his tragic flaw is that he was unusually open to deception, and, likely to act with little reflection, with no delays and in the most decisive manner conceivable. The paper shows how everything that should have been good and true for Othello turned out to be perverse.

From the Paper:

"According to the tradition of tragedy as stated by Aristotle in his Poetics, the tragic hero must not be an entirely good man, or one who is completely evil, but, rather, a man who on the whole is good but contributes to his own destruction by some moral weakness (the "fatal flaw"). The reason for this, as Aristotle sees it, lies in the emotions that tragedy is meant to excite in the audience.
"They are "pity" and "fear." If an entirely good man is destroyed, we do not feel pity but indignation with the universe. If an evil man comes to an evil end, we have no feelings in the matter whatever. We think that he got his "just deserts." But we pity the man who, having contributed in some way to his disaster, meets with a punishment out of all proportion to what he has done. "Fear" arises from our anxiety for the character as the play unfolds. We hope against hope that he will succeed in getting out of his difficulty."

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