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The Hamartias of Othello In William Shakespeares tragedy Othello the hero Othello is plagued by his many hamartias Termed by Aristotle around 330 BC hamartia is a tragic heros error or transgression or his flaw or weakness of character p1296 Othellos hamartias include jealousy a blind unrealistic love for Desdemona trusting others too easily and his unrealized ability to deceive himself These flaws along with the help of Iago cause Othello to loose everything he has including his life At first look at Othello he shows no signs of jealousy and even entrusts his wife to Iago saying To his conveyance I assign my wife 13286 Othello also the great self control that is expected from someone who has been a warrior since he was seven years old as mentioned by for since these arms of mind has seven years pith they have used their dearest action in the tented field1383-85 Iago begins to break down this self-control by talking of jealousy IAGO O beware my lord of jealousy It is the green-eyed monster which doth mock The meat it feeds on 33178-179 Although the play shows no indication of physical aggression by Othello one can assume from the following speech there is some physical confrontation between Othello and Iago OTHELLO Villain be sure thou prove my love a whore Be sure of it Give me the ocular proof Or by the worth of mine external soul Thou hadst been better have been born a dog Than answer my waked wrath 33375-379 Others also notice Othellos jealous loss of self-control In Act III Scene V Othello goes do Desdemona to demand she show him a handkerchief he gave to her When she cannot produce the handkerchief Othello gets furious and storms out of the room After his exit Emilia says Is not this man jealous Othello being a military man sees himself as a man who judges by the fact He believes only what
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