Essay about Othello, By William Shakespeare

1407 Words Mar 17th, 2015 6 Pages
A “tragic flaw” represents a shortcoming or defect in a character that ultimately leads to the destruction and downfall of themselves or those around them (Anand, 76). In an instant, a character can be taken from their peak to their lowest low. A character can also possess a flaw in which another may exploit and manipulate; such is the case in Shakespeare’s Othello. In Othello, the primary villain and character who drives the plot forward due to his skillful and ingenuous manipulation is Iago, who tears apart the marriage of Othello and his wife Desdemona. Iago, however, is simply a catalyst for their marriage to turn sour. In spite of Desdemona’s devotion and loving demeanor toward her husband, Othello’s faults shine through and ultimately lead to the failure of their marriage and death of the couple. Regardless of Iago’s presence, the union between Othello and Desdemona was likely to fall apart due to the many faults and differences between Othello and the two.
The very nature of Othello is a man suited to war and battle, not love and marriage; he acts decisively, and his tendencies lean toward a man who acts upon very little or limited reflection. (Christofides, 6) This ability holds strategic significance in times of turmoil and battle, but does not fare well in his relationship with Desdemona and his colleagues. Othello is described to be highly competent several times in text—he holds the position of general in the Venetian army, even Brabantio frequently desires…

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