Othello As A Tragic Hero

'A' grade essay! Discussing if Othello can be defined as an official tragic hero. Includes the work of two major critics: A.C. Bradley & F.R. Leavis

P.S. Plagerism will get you nowhere!

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Othello As A Tragic Hero Othello ­ William Shakespeare
Aristotle portrays the tragic hero as one who embodies boldly his or her culture or state. He depicts a
tragic hero to as `somebody' who's psyche/soul is developed through interaction with the society they

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live in. from this we can gather that Othello is a very good example of a tragic hero he is an outsider in
the Venetian society but he integrates more fully than anybody else from his original society and
background. A main common factor in a tragedy, the protagonist, is of a high standing that faces either
an internal or external opposing force.…read more

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dew will rust them..." (I.ii.56), this could be symbolizing Christ's words `Put up thy sword into the
sheath' an extract from the Gospel. Hence Shakespeare links an idolized figure and Othello,
emphasizing his positive persona and therefore also attributing the view of A.C. Bradley.
On the other hand F.R. Leavis considers Othello with a lot more negativity believing that he is put under
a spell to easily. A.C. Bradley argues that "...…read more

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Although Shakespeare does not waste any time transforming Othello the virtuous protagonist doubtfully
into an insane murder, but we need to remember that he is up against the most ingenious villain. Iago
does everything he can to intensify the effects of Othello's tragic flaw and instigate it to work against
him. The most manipulative aspect of Iago's plots is recurrently seen through play, when he subtly
increases his own image while destroying others.…read more

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and smote him thus." We're quite moved in Othello's ironic speech when he reveals before he
commits suicide, "Speak of one that loved not wisely, but too well, of one not easily jealous but,
being wrought, perplexed in an extreme..." Here Othello truly realizes that he has a tragic flaw and
that is his naivety and lacking of wisdom.…read more

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Bibliography
`Poetics' by Aristotle…read more

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