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In the article Othello and the pattern of Shakespearean Tragedy by GR Hibbard published in 1968 Hibbard discusses how Othello by William Shakespeare stands apart from the rest of the Shakespearean Tragedies He uses examples from the play to support his thesis of how the tragic pattern in Othello is very much different from that of the others I agree with Hibbards view on Othello and its unique characteristics that set it apart from the traditional pattern of Shakespearean tragedies Hibbard wrote his article using supporting points to show how Othello is set apart from the other plays He describes the unrealistic events surrounding Othello being sent to Cyprus where he is allowed to bring his new wife Hibbard write that Iagos only goal in the play is to ruin Othellos life and does not want more political or military power as in the other plays but wishes only to destroy all that is good and beautiful All the other plays have plots where the events in the public follow the pattern of the events of the antagonist this is missing in Othello The pattern of the tragedy is a whirlpool with its center in the poisoned mind of the hero which reshapes distorts and degrades objective reality Unlike in the other Shakespearean tragedies Othello does not know the antagonist until the end of the play when it is too late to realize what has occurred The ending of Othello is also unique in this case good does not prevail over evil and unlike the other tragedies Othello seeks his own valediction and the ruin is total I agree with most of the authors points of discussion in this article I agree that Othello is sent to Cyprus for the sole purpose of changing the scene to commence Iagos plan and that this is very different from the other plays where there are no such dramatic events that are discarded so quickly
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