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Aristotles definition of tragedy requires the audience to be profoundly moved by the course of events Discuss your response to the play by the end of the final scene Explain the extent to which you fit Aristotles definition Timed essay Aristotles definition of a tragedy which requires the audience to be profoundly moved by the course of events can be applied to Othello a play that closely follows the tragic plot as outlined by Aristotle According to Aristotle the tragic character in a tragedy is a good person not all good or bad who begins in a rank of high degree and importance and then experiences a downfall due to a tragic flaw something of which the protagonist Othello displays The downfall of the central character in this case Othello is a reason which causes the reader to feel great pity thus making it a tragedy At the beginning of the play Othello is presented as a courageous military war hero with the noble rank of a general The audience witness him assert with pride in Act One I fetch my life and being From men of royal siege and my demerits May speak unbonneted to as proud a fortune As this that I have reached Iii24-27 These lines indicate that Othellos courageous military acts give him a social status comparable to royalty It is also evidenced that others view Othello as a man of high esteem when a senator remarks in reference to Othello Here comes Brabantio and the valiant Moor Iiii55 The audience despite Iago and Rodrigos derogatory comments regarding Othello feel there is something honourable and honest about his character The audience feel Othello is a benevolent military noble whose love with his young wife Desdemona is moving Although Othello is presented as men of high degree he is not perfect possessing traits that lessen his character He may be valiant and courageous yet he is
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