Othello Character Analysis

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The tragedy play of Othello by William Shakespeare was written in the early 1600’s. Othello, the protagonist, is the general governor of Venice. Othello, the black general, has a great reputation in the service of battle. Although he has great success in his service, he has a dramatic flaw which causes a downfall in his life. The play begins on the street of Venice where a conversation between Iago, a combatant who is underneath Othello’s command, and Roderigo, who is chasing Desdemona. Roderigo is dismayed when he finds out that Desdemona has eloped with Othello. Iago confesses to Roderigo that he hates Othello because Othello promoted Michal Cassio, a young, extremely brilliant guy from Florence, to the post of Lieutenant instead of him. "I follow him to serve my turn upon him" (I.1.42) Iago reveals the reason why he remained as Othello’s combatant was to facilitate his plan of vengeance. Shakespeare depicted the society of Othello and how villains such as Lago, are represented through the use of characterization and theme. He did so by illustrating Othello as a strong man who soon becomes the general of Venice and later is manipulated by Lago.
In the Tragedy play of Othello, characterization played a major role. Othello is the tragic hero of the play. He is extremely courageous and trustworthy but however, he has a weakness: diffidence and insecure. This produces his downfall and in the end, he murders himself, and causes suffering in innocent characters such as

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