Essay on Othello, By William Shakespeare

1515 Words Apr 4th, 2016 7 Pages
Imagine a young man, brave and hungry for power, a man that would risk it all for his country, a true hero by nature; this man is Othello. Othello is no typical hero though. He is a hero full of admirable qualities and one flaw: a flaw that proves to be fatal. William Shakespeare’s Othello, is considered to be one of his most underrated plays and a classic tragedy. This play takes us through the ups and downs of Othello and ultimately leads to his demise as well as the supporting characters’. Othello’s tragic flaw, although argued to be jealousy or egotism, is actually his need for validation. This was undoubtedly for a few reasons, including the fact that he is an outsider, he is black, and having a good reputation was important at the time.
Although jealousy played a factor in the play, it wasn’t his fatal flaw. Othello was not a jealous character by nature. “My noble moor is true of mind and made of no such baseness as jealous creatures are” (3.4.26-28), told Desdemona to Emilia after she had lost the handkerchief. Although Othello loved Desdemona very much, he loved his reputation even more. Therefore, it was not jealousy that concerned him but rather the fear of losing respect and validation. This point is demonstrated by the fact that he is very quickly willing to kill Desdemona and Cassio in order for no one to find out. Right after Othello see that Cassio had the handkerchief he made up his mind: “get me some poison, Iago, this night. Ill not expostulate with her…

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