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The Valor of Othello By English E7X-02 Ms Doherty 15 December 2002 According to the American Heritage Dictionary a hero is 1 In mythology and legend a man celebrated for his bold exploits 2 A person noted for feats of courage or nobility of purpose 3 A person noted for special feats in a particular field 4 The principle male character in a literary work The American Heritage dictionary p392 This concludes that anyone can be a hero as long as they have these common traits Othello a general in the Venetian army is the hero in William Shakespeares play Othello He is a moor who worked his way to the top He is praised for his abilities although he is black This occurred despite the fact that many countries utilized slavery during this time period He demonstrates his bravery and his ability to keep his temper in check when the fuming Brabantio confronts Othello about how he had tricked his daughter into falling in love with him A fight between Othellos men and Brabantio seemed inevitable But Othello says keep your swords brightwith your weaponsOthello by Shakespeare p25 Act 1 Sc 2 line 76 He had avoided bloodshed and managed to come out looking the better for it This could have resulted in him losing face but he isnt pompous or arrogant and takes the argument to the duke This demonstrates Othellos ability to solve a problem under intense situations This is a sure sign of valiance Even other characters in the play regard Othello as a hero One of these people is the duke of Venice He specifically mentions Othello as a heroic person when he says Valiant Othello we must straight employ you against the general enemy Ottoman P33 Act 1 Sc 3 line 56 The word valiant has many meanings and one of them means heroic Another person who looks at Othello as a hero is Cassio This can
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