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The tragic play of William Shakespeares Othello is a play on how certain elements can cause a sane man to become temporarily insane Othello has all the elements of a tragic hero the personal grievance the tragic gullibility and the sacrifice of suicide Othellos strong love for his wife Desdemona as well as the love that Desdemona shows for him by betraying her fathers Brabantio trust shows the bond between them was strong But heres my husband and so much duty as my mother showed to you preferring you before her father so much I challenge that I may profess due to the Moor my lord Iiii183-187 Even though Othello was an honorable man and noted with high regard around Venice he was still considered the Other based on his skin color Figure 1The image above shows a representation of Othello being the Other in his society He has to cope with the stress of being a General in the military where he is regarded as a warrior as well as the stress of being black Stress takes a huge toll on someones mental stability Othello was driven to insanity which resulted in the act of murdering his wife Desdemona because of the stress of battle the jealousy and the loss of honorAlthough the stress of battle was not mentioned in the play the reader could imagine the stresses put on a man with such stories of battle that Othello told Brabantio Her father loved me oft invited me still questioned me the story of my life from year to year the battle sieges fortune that I have passed Iiii128-131 The countless battles and the hardships that are a part of war can wear a man down physically When you have to relive those hardships by telling stories about the battles it ultimately wears a man down mentally as well According to science scholar Stefen Priebe paranoid ideation and anxiety were the severest psychological symptoms
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