Essay on Othello: One of Shakespeare's Tragic Heroes

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Othello: One of Shakespeare's Tragic Heroes

Othello is one of Shakespeare's tragic heroes. Othello is a well-respected character in this play. Othello is portrayed as a man with much greatness. Othello is tragic hero because he has a fault in his character that brings his death to others. Unquestionably, Othello's downfall is brought about during the course of this Shakespearean drama. Othello is a general and others such as Iago and Roderigo who are envious of the power and the respect shown to him despite his colour. The introduction of Othello to the audience reflects Shakespeare's use of the art of subtlety. Othello is not introduced to us directly but through the impressions of others,
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Iago is a very powerful character in Act one scene one. Iago is very good at using people and manipulating them for his own purposes.

Shakespeare gives the audience an idea of the characteristics of Othello before he is on stage, through the words of Iago in particular.

Through Iago and Roderigo, Shakepeare portrays Othello as a subject of hates and despises

Roderigo: "Thou told'ST me thou didst hold him in thy hate"

(Act 1, scene 1, line 7)

Iago gives an early indication to the audience that Othello is a man of poor judgement. Othello, so unfair in his appointment of a lieutenant that he promoted an inexperienced Michael Cassio, who " had never set squadron in the field" and knew little more of the strategy of war than mere theory and boastful talk, whilst overlooking the supposedly tried, tested and more deserving Iago himself. In response to this, Roderigo expresses his loathing of Othello, stating:

Roderigo: "By heaven, I would rather have been his hangman".

(Act 1, scene 1 line 34)

This proves to the audience Roderigo's hatered for Othello. Iago and Roderigo are not loyal and do not want to serve under Othello. They believe Othello is unfair. These accusations are later proved false when the audience see and hear Othello on stage. As Othello's character continues to be discussed by Iago and Roderigo, derogatory references are made
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