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Othello Tragic Hero Research Essay

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Othello Tragic Hero Research Essay

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Thesis Statement: In "Othello the Moor of Venice," The overwhelming theme is the weakness of human nature and how pride, and ego, can lead to one's downfall. It also exposes the worst of humanity, and examines the extent some will go to achieve their goals. .

I. Mood

A. A very hostile environment throughout the play.

B. Several characters conspire to expose, manipulate, and take advantage of Othello's weaknesses.

II. Conflict

A. Iago approaches Othello with news that Roderigo provoked Brabantio against him.

B. Iago tells Othello, "those are raised father and his friends" and advises him "hide at once."

III. Development of Character

A. Shakespeare continues to develop Othello's character as one of respect and excellent judgment.

B. Again, Shakespeare builds Othello to be a man of great importance and respected advisor for the Duke of Venice.

IV. Complication

C. It is in Scene III, that Shakespeare unfolds the complication.

D. Even though his trust in Desdemona has diminished, Othello still expresses love for his wife

Othello Tragic Hero Research Essay

William Shakespeare has arguable written one of the most famous of fall from grace scenarios of all time. Most Shakespearian plays are the subject of controversial social issues that occurred during his era, and Othello is no exception. In "Othello the Moor of Venice," The overwhelming theme is the weakness of human nature and how pride, and ego, can lead to one's downfall. It also exposes the worst of humanity, and examines the extent some will go to achieve their goals. As the bible teaches in Proverbs 16:18 (ASV), "pride goeth before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall." The mood is a very hostile environment throughout the play as evidence demonstrates several characters conspire to expose, manipulate, and take advantage of Othello's weaknesses.

As the plot unfolds In Act I, Scene I, Othello's subordinate, and the antagonist Iago, conspires with wealthy Venetian Roderigo who desires Othello's girlfriend Desdemona. Iago confirms his loyalty and commitment to Roderigo and explains his resentment and hatred of Othello in line 8 "despise if I do not." Shakespeare discreetly uses foreshadowing throughout maintaining suspense while moving the

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