Friday, January 25, 2019
Is Othello a Tragic Play?
Othello is a character displaying all the classic traits of a tragic hero. Linguistically he is eloquent in style earthy am I in my public lecture and little blessed with the slow phrase of speech (1.3.82-3).This also implies his modest side although he for the some part acts as an epic hero as opposed to a Christian leader and this too is reflected in his highly courageous and endearingly care-free speechhe that stir next, to carve for his own rage, holds his soul light he dies upon his motion (2.3.169-170).His peers also recognize him as heroic Montano calls himbrave Othello (2.1.37) and a worthy governor (2.1.30). This case relies on the assumption of Iagos completely evil temper and indeed he is generally scene as one of Shakespeares most despicable characters. He has a multitude of motives. Resentment and jealously of Cassios publicity he wishes to get his place- (1.3.391-2) and once demoted says, how do you now, lieutenant?Hatred of Othello doth homogeneous a poisonous mi neral gnaw my inwards and when Iago goes on to rally Othello with degrading sexual images of Desdemona (3.3.205) is this hatred not perfectly visible? These accusations incur little just cause and it is Othello we empathise with. Othello deals gracefully with the crude racism that was common for the time and concurrently treats his peers with equality and respect and is the model gentlemen when his wife is concerned. In the very first act there is a trenchant theme of racism as Iago and Roderigo let their true feelings be cognise as they discuss OthelloAnd I God bless the mark, His moorships ancientThis is clear sarcastic with the deliberate intent of mocking he of the thick lips and Roderigo responds,By heaven, I rather would have been his hangman.He also displays his naivety, which could be perceived as a fatal flaw, as he insists on occupational group Iago honest persistently throughout the play