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The definition of a tragic hero as stated by Aristotle is a man of great stature who as a result of one tragic flaw falls from greatness To this degree Othello fills the requirements He is held with respect in Venice where he lives Here comes Brabantio and the valiant Moor Act 1 Sc 3 Line 47 He is a noble general of the army and is extremely proud of his position and the way in which he is regarded in society He isnt afraid of what others think of him and is extremely confident in his own abilities and beliefs If you do find me foul in her report let your sentence Even fall upon my life Act 1 Sc 3 Line 117-120 Othellos fatal flaw is the trust that he places in Iago his ancient to whom he looks for advice Iago is angry with Othello for promoting Cassio over him and he is looking for revenge He abuses the trust that Othello places in him and weaves an intricate tale to drive Othello mad Iagos intent to deceive is signalled early on in the play I am not what I am Act 1 Sc 1 Line 66 Othello and Iago have been friends for years and Othello has no reason to doubt Iagos tale of infidelity This ultimately leads to his downfall as Iago constructs more and more evidence that suggests but never outright proves that Othellos wife Desdemona is conducting an affair with Cassio Look to your wife observe her well with Cassio Act 3 Sc 3 Lines 195 As Othello becomes more and more convinced he is ultimately talked into killing Desdemona and Cassio Iago is revealed as a traitor but it is too late to prevent Othello from suffocating Desdemona When Othello realises what he has fallen into he stabs himself and dies So at first appearance Othello would
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