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Shakespearean tragedies rarely contain blameless characters The characters whose lives get turned upside down usually either deserve it or they directly contributed to their downfall by holding onto some flaw or vice This is always true for his tragic heroes but what about his minor characters They usually suffer just as much as the main characters They usually exhibit character flaws The difference is that they are rarely responsible for their own downfall their circumstances come about from things outside of their control Othellos Michael Cassio is an example of such a character He is shown as a good man with minor flaws whose suffering is orchestrated by people and events that he has no say over Cassio is a character with many strengths and very minor faults He is presented as a man who is loyal trustworthy respectful and good natured His loyalty and love for Othello are illustrated many times over In the beginning of Act II he is shown as fraught with worry for Othellos safety A gentleman remarks he speaks of comfort touching the Turkish loss yet he looks sadly and prays the Moor be safe II 1 30-32 When he is demoted for fighting he does not mourn his state for selfish reasons like the loss of his prestige but because it has tarnished his reputation and has caused a rift between himself and Othello In contrast his flaws are minor indeed It can only be said of him that he is flirtatious sleeps with a prostitute and cannot hold his drink What is telling is that these flaws are lesser versions of real tragic flaws It isnt said that he sleeps with other mens wives he is simply familiar and friendly with them He sleeps with a prostitute Bianca yes but he isnt shown as a man who frequents brothels on a continuous basis Indeed he is such a good man that Bianca falls in love with him He
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