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How Is Othello A Tragic Hero

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In the story, “Othello, the Moor of Venice” by William Shakespeare, Othello is without a doubt a tragic hero. Othello is viewed as a noble and well-respected general but, through the course of the story he a flaw. This flaw causes a dilemma, that’s out of Othello’s control and leads him to his downfall; making him a tragic hero. Othello expresses the elements of a tragic hero because he is well regarded, cares jealously, and has a downfall near the end of the story.
As the story commences, Othello the main character is sought as a noble and well respected general. Many greeted him with respect as people call him, noble and courageous general; even the duke respects him. Not only has that but, Othello told Iago:
Tis yet to know- which, when I know that boasting is an honour, I shall promulgate- I fetch my life and being from men of royal siege, and my demerits may speak unbonneted to as round a fortune as this that I have reach’d for know, Iago, I would not my unhoused free condition put into circumscription and confine For the sea’s worth (Othello 1.2.2.)
By the quote recently provided, Othello demonstrates the characteristics of a noble and of well-respected general.
Later in the story, Iago uses a handkerchief whom he obtains from his wife, Emilia; along with other methods of manipulation to sabotage Othello. Emilia was able to
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He goes from being a noble and well-respected general to becoming manipulated puppet. Like all hero’s, Othello had a weakness and this was, him getting jealous. Iago took advantage of this through the story and build up the jealousy inside helpless Othello. Iago’s cruel, sick mind games eventually wreaked havoc upon, Othello. Consumed by jealousy, Othello’s flaw lead him to take actions into his own hand and killing his beloved wife Desdemona. The fact, that Othello allowed Iago to manipulate him into killing his precious, beloved wife was what contributed to Othello’s
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