Othello, a Jealous Fool
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Comparable to many of Shakespeare's works, "Othello" tells the story of a villain, a love, and a tragically flawed main character. This paper follows the development of Othello, from a revered hero to a tragically flawed human being. It explores his character throughout the progression of the scenes and looks at how through direct quotations and interaction with other characters, Othello is portrayed and understood as the tragic hero. It focuses on his major flaw - jealousy as well as his vulnerability, gullibility and trusting nature.
From the Paper:"Shakespeare does a fabulous job of building Othello's character into the typical tragic hero. The reason that Othello's tragic flaw is so easy to spot is that, throughout the story, he is built up as the typical good guy. We see him as a man who is well liked, respected, revered and honored by others. As a governor-general, he is presented as a character of strength, confidence and high regard. In act one, scene two (1.2), several characters speak to Othello and refer to him with reverence. Even Iago, the villain who despises Othello, refers to him as "your honour" in the presence of others. Cassio calls Othello "General," and "Captain." We also know that Othello's lover, Desdemona, loves and respects him as well. "
Sample of Sources Used:
- Shakespeare, William. Othello, the Moor of Venice. (Accessed Online Text March 5, 2007) http://www.william-shakespeare.info/script-text-othello.htm
- Elliott, George Roy. Flaming Minister: A Study of "Othello" as a Tragedy of Love and Hate. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 1953.
- Weller, Phillip. Shakespeare's Navigators. (Accessed March 5, 2007.) http://www.clicknotes.com/othello/index.html
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