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According to the tradition of tragedy as stated by Aristotle in his Poetics the tragic hero must not be an entirely good man or one who is completely evil but rather a man who on the whole is good but contributes to his own destruction by some moral weakness the fatal flaw Thesis Othello is initially portrayed as a consummate military leader whose thoughts are governed by logic and reason However Othello has a tragic flaw- he has a tendency to take everything he sees and everything he is told at face value without questioning the circumstances Iagos realization of this imperfection and his incessant deception and lies cause Othellos wisdom and judgment to be overthrown by anger and jealousy It is solely Iagos exploitation of Othellos otherwise absent defect that leads to the tragic outcome of the play and that causes Othello to be driven by jealousy to the point that it consumes his entire existence Appearance and Position in Society Othello is a general in the army of Venice He is a Moor a dark-skinned man of African descent and has risen through the ranks of the Venetian army through hard work and success in battle Othello is a cultural and racial outsider in the predominantly White population of Italy but despite this his skill as a soldier and leader is nevertheless valuable and necessary to the state The Venetian senate unanimously approves of him and they choose to send him to Cyprus to lead the opposition against the Turks This decision shows how highly regarded and well respected he is And though we have there a substitute of most allowed sufficiency yet opinion a sovereign mistress of effects throws a more safer voice on you Act 1 Scene III Lines 256-259 What Othello is Called Throughout the course of the book the other characters refer to Othello in slightly different ways However with the exception
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