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Othello In Shakespeares Othello Othello can be considered a tragic hero because he follows Aristotles six elements of a tragedy Another tragic hero who follows the same six elements of a tragedy is Oedipus from Oedipus the King Based on Aristotles six elements of a tragedy position flaw prophecy recognition catastrophe and reversal the character Othello from Shakespeares Othello can be considered a tragic hero The first element of tragedy is position which lets the reader know the position or status that the hero is in In Othello Othello is the leader of the Italian army and is very important to the people of Italy Valiant Othello we must straight employ you against the general enemy Ottoman 11 This quote shows how important Othello is to the army and to the war The same kind of position can be seen in Oedipus the King because Oedipus is king and is respected by the people of Thebes King Oedipus the sovereign of our landSophocles 5 This quote shows the importance of Oedipus to Thebes just like Othello is important to Venice When Othello is chosen to lead the army over seas he also makes Brabantio mad by marrying his daughter Desdemona without his permission And noble signior if virtue no delighted beauty lack your son- in-law is far more far than black 17 This quote shows that Othello is so respected that the Duke of Venice can see through the color of Othellos skin and gives him praise The second element of tragedy is prophecy which can be seen when Othello is telling Desdemona the story about when he received the handkerchief She told me her while she kept it t would make her amiable and subdue my father entirely to her love but if she lost it or made a gift of it my fathers eye should hold her loathed and his spirits should hunt after new fancies 56 This quote
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