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Othello The Tragic Hero In William Shakespeares Othello Othello is the tragic hero He is a character of high stature who is destroyed by his surroundings his own actions and his fate His destruction is essentially precipitated by his own actions as well as by the actions of the characters surrounding him The tragedy of Othello is not a fault of a single villain but is rather a consequence of a wide range of feelings judgments and misjudgments and attempts for personal justification exhibited by the characters Othello is first shown as a hero of war and a man of great pride and courage As the play continues his character begins to deteriorate and become less noble Chronologically through the play Othellos character changes from a flawless military leader to a murderer He has certain traits which make him seem naive and unsophisticated compared to many other people Iago knows Othello is a proud man Othellos open and trusting nature in the beginning of the play lets Iago- cunning untrustworthy selfish and plotting use him as a scapegoat Othello the Moor as many Venetians call him is of strong character He is very proud and in control of every move throughout the play The control is not only of power but also of the sense of his being who he is a great warrior In Act I Othello has a scuffle with Brabantio who has come to kill him but before anything could happen Othello said Hold your hands both of you of my inclining and the rest Were it my cue to fight I should have known it without a prompter I ii lines 97-100 The power shown here is quite astounding The nature of Othellos character is of a dark man Not only because he is black but also because his whole person is very mysterious He is mysterious in that he believes there is magic everywhere With this dark
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