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OTHELLO ESSAY PHYSIOLOGICAL JOURNEY OF OTHELLO In the Shakespearean tragedy Othello the character of Othello has certain traits which make him seem nave and unsophisticated compared to other people The Moor as many Venetians call him is of a 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 a great warrior In Act I Othello has a scuffle with Brabantio who has come to kill him but before anything could happen Othello says 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 prompter1 ii 80-83 The power shown here is quite astounding The nature of Othellos character is of a dark man A dark man not only because he is black but also because his whole person is very mysterious He is mysterious in the sense that he believes there is magic brewing everywhere With this dark side he is also very outgoing and not very bright He is not observant and the schemes of Iago work well on him This is because of his big inner flaw of being open to jealousy It is the green-eyed monster which doth mock The meat it feeds on that reduces the jealous man to nothing Iago 3 iii 166 Firstly it is his proleptic imagination that not only feeds on hints and suggestions given by Iago but also leaps ahead of the information supplied In Venice they do let heaven see the pranks They dare not show their husbands Iago 3 iii 202-203 Secondly it is his quixotic dimension where he idealizes chivalric behaviour and is offended disproportionately when he perceives it to be broken He is a romantic in the sense that he imagines the drama of life to be played out on an epic
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