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Othellos Tragic Flaws In Shakespeares tragedy Othello jealousy sparks the tragic downfall for the hero Othello In this play Othello a moor who serves as a general in the army of Venice experiences a great downfall caused by love prejudice and jealousy All tragedies have a hero with a tragic flaw In this tragedy the hero loves too well lets prejudice issues take their toll on him and allows jealousy to rage in his heart These characteristics are not necessarily bad but when shown in extreme levels can cause the downfall of a great leader In the beginning of this story Othello falls in love with Desdemona the daughter of a Venetian senator Othello and Desdemona initially keep their love and marriage a secret for fear of her father not approving Iago Othellos captain in his army tells Brabantio Desdemonas father of their deception and he goes to confront Othello Brabantio accuses Othello of using trickery to make Desdemona fall in love with him Othello explains that he just told her stories about his life she felt pity for him and fell in love with him He says She loved me for the dangers I had passed and I loved her that she did pity themI2 lines 166-167 Othello loves Desdemona so much that he wants her to accompany him into the battlefield He loved her so well that false jealousy caused him to murder her After this has been done Othello explains in his speech before his death Speak of me as I amOf one that loved not wisely but too well V2 lines 343-344 Othello means that he loved Desdemona very much but unfortunately he wasnt very smart about it Othellos love for Desdemona caused him to lose control of himself and his reason He is blinded by this love and does not see when he is being conned by Iago Iago seeking revenge on Othello planted the idea into his generals
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