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A Shakespearean tragedy is one that encompasses many different elements Shakespeare presents all of these elements spectacularly in Othello For a tragedy to occur there are five conditions The protagonist Othello in this case must experience a death or a total loss of ranking in society The audience must also be captured by the actors and feel some sort of connection to them This is known as catharsis In Shakespearean tragedies the protagonist always has a character defect or a tragic flaw This tragic flaw along with pride will cause the protagonist to make an error in judgement leading him to his downfall and eventual death These two elements are called hubris and hamartia The unities of time space and action must also be followed This means that the play must take place in a very short period of time occur in one general area and follow one main character throughout the play Shakespeare orates for us a tragic occurrence in the life of a man who once had it all but threw it all away in a fit of jealous rage The downfall of the central character is the main concept of the tragedy Without the main characters downfall there is no reason for the reader to feel pity therefore no tragedy The downfall of the protagonist in Shakespearean tragedies always originates from their tragic flaw Othellos tragic flaw is his jealousy which Iago constantly reminds him about This is first brought about in act III scene III when Iago asks Othello if he has Seen a handkerchief spotted with strawberries did I today see Cassio wipe his beard with III 3 431-432435-436 At this point Othello is jealous at Cassio for having won the heart of Desdemona and earned the handkerchief Upon hearing this Othello flies into a mad fit saying O that the slave had forty thousand lives III III 439 By his jealousy Othello makes himself very prone to many attacks
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