William Shakespeare 's Othello, The Moor Of Venice

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William Shakespeare’s famous tragedy “Othello, the Moor of Venice” is one of the best tragedies in the literary history. Othello has all of the qualifications Aristotle believes to be a tragic hero and he matches up pretty well to them. Aristotle said, “A man cannot become a hero until he can see the root of his downfall.” According to Aristotle, a so called “tragic hero” has several characteristics. 1. Usually a noble birth. 2. Hamartia, which is also known as the tragic flaw that eventually leads to his downfall. 3. Peripeteia, also known as a reversal of fortune brought about by the hero’s tragic flaw. 4. His actions result in an increase of self-awareness and self-knowledge. 5. The audience must feel pity and fear for this character (Shakespeare). Using Aristotle’s criteria, it is safe to say that Othello, the Moor is a tragic hero. Othello was a prince living in Venice as an ambassador of the Moors. After time, Othello was appointed general of the Venetian army. It was a common practice to have a foreigner with proven military capabilities in the Italian city states, serving as the head of their army. Othello showed high self-esteem and was respected by all in Venice with his high confidence and strengths. Not only does he have high confidence due to his attributions to the army but he also was married to Desdemona, the daughter of the Venetian Senator.
Othello, although a noble warrior, is way too trusting and ends up being an easy prey for Iago. Iago, who is…
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