Character Analysis : ' Othello '

1255 Words Jan 6th, 2015 6 Pages
Pavle Burazor
Ms. Škiljević
ENG3U1
06-Jan-2015
Character Flaws in Othello
The play Othello bears great similarity to that of the Greek myth of Sisyphus, the king of Ephyra; where Sisyphus was sentenced to forever push a boulder up a hill. This makes resemblances the climb to a climax and the fall, with three main characters, each pushing a boulder up a hill; Othello one of trust, Iago one of manipulation and Roderigo pushing one of foolishness. When they finally reach the top of the hill it begins to roll down the other side, with nothing able to stop it. Character flaws are the fault for the characters’ self-demise. Shakespeare 's Othello has many characters and each of his characters is given a character flaw.
Othello 's character flaw is that he is too trusting of others. Even though it does not focus as much on him as it does on Iago, in the beginning, Othello is an outsider in the Venetian society as he is a "Moor"; a black man. However he is well liked by his soldiers as he is commended for his skills as a fighter. “Honest Iago" (I.iii.291). Iago, although not his lieutenant, is considered to be the most trustworthy person close to Othello. He uses Iago as an informant, but is unaware that he is being given false information. Because the amount of lies he hears, he overwhelmed and becomes quite insecure about himself, so he puts trust into others. “Haply for I am black and have not those soft parts of conversation that chamberers have, or for I am declined into the…
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