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In the play Othello by William Shakespeare I found the character of Othello highly captivating as I saw how easily a man can change to become jealous and bitter At the beginning of the play he is a General and an honoured and trustworthy man But as the play progresses we see his one fatal flaw when he allows his ensigns diabolical nature to corrupt him and make him believe that his wife is unfaithful Shakespeare dramatises through the character of Othello the tragedy of a man whose insecurities about himself weakens his defenses and allow all his worst instincts to take over As with most of Shakespeares tragic heroes Othello is magnified and ennobled at the beginning of the play the Duke of Venice announces Valiant Othello we must straight away employ you This is one of the first of a series of comments made by various characters attesting to Othellos courage and ability as a warrior Othello initially exhibits great dignity and self-control He is a very proud character and knows modestly but surely his worth My parts my title and my perfect soul shall manifest me rightly He remains calm in the face of his new father-in-laws swordsmen and is even gracious to Brabantio Good signor you shall more command with years than your weapons Shakespeare goes to great lengths to establish the fact that Othello is black - Iago mentions it several times in the first scene - and an outsider he is a Moor among Venetians a Negro among white men a professional soldier among courtiers and merchants His pride is a natural compensation for this but Iago is able to play on it when he suggests Brabantio was right is saying that no white girls in her senses would marry a black man Othellos ancient and most trusted friend Iago begins to plant seeds of doubt in his mind by suggesting his wife Desdemona is unfaithful Othello
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