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Othello is both a Monster and a Hero Discuss this statement with close reference to the text namely three key scenes from different parts of the play In the play Othello by William Shakespeare the character of Othello is not both a Monster and a Hero A monster is someone who is unnaturally cruel uncaring and selfish while a hero according to the Aristotle definition is a character who is noble and has a higher stature than most other characters The tragic hero must also have a flaw that is the reason for his or her downfall The character of Othello is an example of an Aristotelian tragic hero whose tragic flaws his gullibility and jealousy are the cause of his downfall This is made especially evident in Act 1 scene 3 Act 3 scene 3 and Act 5 scene 2 It is made obvious in Act 1 scene 3 that Othello is a character of high stature due to his nobility and rank The duke calls him valiant upon his entrance and from his speech her father loved melet her witness it 13127-169 it is clear that his skills as a soldier and leader are recognised and admired by society This scene is very important as it not only establishes Othellos stature but also his tragic flaws Iago points out Othellos tragic flaws in his first soliloquy when he says the moor is of a free and open nature that thinks men honest that but seem to be so 13381-82 Iago knows of Othellos weakness and realises that Othellos gullibility make him susceptible to being undermined by people Iago also reveals his plan to use the moors gullibility against him to abuse Othellos ear that he is too familiar with his wife 13177 Here Iago is saying that he plans to tell Othello that Cassio is having an affair with Desdemona which he thinks that Othello will believe due to his gullibility
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