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In tragedy the reader often sympathizes and empathizes with the protagonist who attains wisdom through suffering Tess Durbeyfield in Thomas Hardys Tess of the DUrbervilles and Othello in William Shakespeares Othello are protagonists who elicit the sympathy of the reader as they suffer act and triumph over their antagonists who are embodied by the characters of Alec DUrberville Tess wealthy defiler and Iago Othellos amoral lieutenant In both works the protagonists succumb to the pernicious influences of revenge which are instigated by their antagonists and result in the deaths of the protagonists Such tragedy in the protagonists stories allows the reader to experience catharsis and realize the tragic heroism of Tess Durbeyfield and Othello Tess Durbeyfield an innocent dairymaid with innocent instinct towards self-delight displays her character in her persistent devotion toward Angel Clare her husband Her suffering is evident in her defilement by Alec DUrberville a wealthy aristocrat and in her separation from her husband In the First Phase Tess is physically taken advantage of by DUrberville who recognizes her innocence and vulnerability Later in Phase the Third she then falls deeply in love with Angel Clare an affluent agriculturist Tess soon alienates Angel by revealing her earlier encounter with DUrberville Othello is an outsider and soldier who loved not wisely but too well His noble character is evident in his overwhelming fidelity towards his wife Desdemona My life upon her faith and the reader is quickly cognizant of the strong relationship between Othello and his wife However he is manipulated by Iago his amoral lieutenant and Othellos reality about his wife becomes twisted by Iago who cleverly uses rhetoric to persuade him that his wife is disloyal Iago informs the reader of Othellos transformation This may do something The Moor already changes with my poison Eventually Othello is driven to murder his wife as a result of Iagos deception Get me some poison Iago this night Ill not expostulate with her
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