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Along with Hamlet King Lear and Macbeth Othello is one of four Shakespeares greatest play that deals with tragedies More than anything else what distinguishes Othello from its great tragedies appears in the role of its villain Iago Iago is a character who essentially writes the plays main plot takes a key part in it and gives the direction to others especially to the noble moor Othello In Shakespeares classic drama Othello the Moore of Venice Othello is a classic example of Aristotles theory of a tragic hero- a great man of noble birth with a high position in his society who now has a flaw that leads to his own downfall Othello is ultimately a tragic hero in the Greek tradition defined by the critic Aristotles concept of a tragic hero To find the meaning of a tragic hero we must define what a tragic and hero mean A tragic event is disastrous dreadful or fateful A tragic story or play has a serious theme usually results in death or defeat A hero is a man who displays courage or noble qualities Normally perceived as a muscular handsome man who dresses in a tight fitting costume A tragic hero then must have these characteristics 1 Be a nobleman prince or person of high estate 2 have a tragic flaw and a weakness in judgment and 3 fall from high to low estate Bradley175 Using these criteria I can easily classify Othello as a tragic hero Othello the Moor a name given to him because of his color was a man of noble birth who held a high ranking in the Military of Cyprus a city in Venice He was given the rank Governor-General a rank given to a man who has proven himself of great strength loyalty and honor The people of Venice held him to a high estate because he is a proven leader of men and known for his military
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