The Tragic Hero Of Shakespeare 's Othello

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A tragedy is one of the most captivating forms of drama as it truly grasps the attention of its audience. It unleashes hidden emotions and allows the viewers to escape their own realities. In Aristotle’s, Poetics, he analyzes the theory of a tragedy and explains that the essential criteria of an ideal tragedy consists of the plot, character, thought, diction, spectacle, and song (Aristotle, 169). According to Aristotle, tragedies also often focus on a tragic hero who possesses a flaw which ultimately leads to their downfall. In fact, Aristotle prescribes the three most important points to any tragedy to be hamartia, a tragic flaw in the tragic hero’s character that brings about his downfall, catharsis, a purgation of the audience’s emotions and anagnorisis, the character’s revelation of some fact not previously realized. In William Shakespeare’s play, Othello, Othello is an excellent example of an Aristotelian tragic hero. He was a character of noble status until his jealousy and gullibility lead him astray. Moreover, the play has a complex plot with a powerful climax and conclusion which lets the audience feel the vulnerability of the characters. Lastly, the characters face a point of realization where they can finally see the people around them are not who they seemed to be. Overall, Othello is one of Shakespeare’s greatest tragedies as it follows all the requirements to be an ideal tragedy according to Aristotle’s Poetics.

To begin, Shakespeare’s protagonist, Othello,
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