Theme Of Esteem In Othello

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The definition of esteem in the english dictionary is “The regard in which one is held; especially: high regard”. The character Othello in the book Othello, has extremely high esteem in the beginning of the story. However, as the book goes on Othello’s esteem slowly declines as he becomes a tragic hero of a classic tragedy. At first, Othello is a well respected military leader with a great deal of friends, and a loving wife, Desdemona. When Othello suspects Desdemona of cheating, he makes poor decisions that ultimately lead to his downfall of respect and overall destruction of his life and happiness. Many of the leading characters in Othello have formed personal opinions of Othello, some are pleasing, others not so. Each characters’ story …show more content…
Othello gives Desdemona a handkerchief as a symbol of their love. Unfortunately, Desdemona misplaces her beloved handkerchief and it falls into the hands of a villain. This villain called “Iago” tricks Othello into believing Desdemona is cheating on him. Consequently, Othello becomes violent and vicious with his wife. His madness drives him to a breaking point and he subsequently kills Desdemona. Desdemona always loved Othello and respected him so much that she never admitted that he killed her, she simply said she had killed herself. When his friends and the people of the town find out about what sin he had committed, they disowned the fact that they ever trusted him or respected him as a nobleman. When Lodovico hears of the news he says (IIIII.ii.342-345) “O thou Othello, that once so good, Fall’n in the practice of the slave, what shall be said to thee?” It is obvious he thinks poorly of Othello now. Othello realizes his mistakes and tries his best to make amends. He reckons the best way to do such is killing oneself, he says (IIIII.ii.420-42) “I kissed thee ere I kill'd thee. No way but this, killing myself, to die upon a kiss.” With this he …show more content…
A tragic hero is a character who makes a judgment error that inevitably leads to his/her own destruction. His esteem is destroyed after he decided to choose Cassio over Iago for a military position in his army. Othello is looked up to by many, but eventually hits rock bottom when everyone despises him for the murder of his wife. It is amazing how the opinions of other people will persuade harsh decisions such as Iago's opinions of Desdemona affecting Othello, or the towns people opinions of disgust affecting Othello. Desdemona always truly loved and respected her husband no matter how awful he treated her of thought of her. Moreover, her father thought otherwise always having a negative connotation to the name Othello. The doom of Iago impacted Othello's life in the most negative way possible, self-destruction. Most importantly, all leading characters play a specific part in making Othello a

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