A Comparative of Shakespeare's Othello and Oedipus Rex

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A Comparative of Shakespeare’s Othello and Oedipus Rex In Shakespeare’s work Othello: The Moor of Venice, Othello’s over trusting nature was revealed when his trust in false accusations about his wife Desdemona’s unfaithfulness causes him to kill her and himself, conveying Othello as a tragic hero. Oedipus, the main character in Oedipus Rex, is characterized as a tragic hero when he tries to run away from his fate and finds out that the cause of his fate was his attempt to escape it. Oedipus Rex and Othello share a common thematic link in fact that both main characters meet the qualifications of a tragic hero at some point, the differences in how they meet Aristotle’s definition of a tragic hero also create themes unique to each. Othello and Oedipus are similar in the requirements to be tragic heroes of having a high position. After Othello discovers that Brabantio, who is his wife’s dad, is unhappy about Othello marrying Desdemona, he reveals that he is not worried about the Duke and Senate following through with Brabantio request to punish him by saying to Iago, “Which when I know that boasting is an honor,/ I shall promulgate – I fetch my life and being / From men of royal siege,” (1.2 20 – 22). Evidence shows that, Othello is of royal ancestry, has power and a title in a land predominantly white people is a big accomplishment in Shakespeare’s time. Oedipus is a great king. In the prologue of the play Oedipus Rex, Oedipus is discussing with the Priest who is of high

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