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The story of Othello commences in the streets of Venice when the reader is brought into the middle of a discourse concerning the recent nuptial of the Commander of Venices Army Othello to the highly esteemed Senators daughter Desdemona This discussion is being carried on by two significant characters Iago a military officer in the Venetian army and Roderigo an ordinary Venetian civilian Iago informs Roderigo of his rancor towards Othello the Moor and his motives for destroying him are divulged At this time Iagos ruinous contrivance has not yet surfaced but the reader does get the sense that Iagos hatred for Othello is more profound then the mere fact that Cassio was promoted to lieutenant over him Within the first two pages the reader acquires a great amount of details about both the characters and the ascending situation It is from this point on that the reader begins to learn more about Othello The fist act intimates that the characteristics which make him strong are concurrently those which make him weak The first act in itself portrays Othello very intricately and his enumerated descriptions bestow on him the prospects of becoming a Tragic Hero A Tragic Hero is defined by two prominent characteristics The first of these is that the character must be a nobleman or of royalty The second is that the character must have a tragic flaw that leads to hisher demise This flaw is not restricted by any bounds it could de facto be anything from being too honest and chaste to being filled with hubris Othello manifests both of these classifications within the first act but it is not yet resolved whether he is a Tragic Hero or not because the reader does not know if his flaw will be the death of him Othello held the chief military position as Governor-general of Cyprus That in itself emanates a demeanor that makes him acclaimed for his valiancy
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