Essay on The Tragedy Of William Shakespeare 's Othello

1613 Words Oct 17th, 2016 7 Pages
Tragedies come in all shapes and sizes. Natural disasters, death of a love one, and to a child, the loss of a beloved pet can be a tragic event. According to Greek philosopher Aristotle, the makings of a great tragedy include a person of “high-estate” whose downfall is due to his own tragic flaw. Aristotle says “Tragedy is an imitation of an action of high importance, complete and of some amplitude; in language enhanced by distinct and varying beauties; acted not narrated; by means of pity and fear effecting its purgation of these emotions” (Kennedy and Gioia 858). Tragedies allow for the audience members to relate to the heroes of the stories by observing their flaws and self-induced catastrophes. This can be said for William Shakespeare’s Othello. The story is set during the Renaissance in Venice. Shakespeare tells the story of Othello, a general in the Venetian army, who marries into nobility, and through his own jealousy and credulity, he falls into a trap by a plotting friend, ultimately leading to the death of his wife and suicide. While Othello doesn’t cause his own downfall, his responses to the events, due to his insecurities are his own errors which lead to his tragic end. Aristotle describes that the protagonist in a tragedy should be one in a lofty position. This is an important aspect for a tragedy because it gives the hero a place to fall from. When first introduced to Othello, it is only by racial labels such as “the thick-lips” (1.1.63), and “an old black…

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