The Tragic Flaw Of William Shakespeare 's Othello Essay

1047 Words Nov 16th, 2016 5 Pages
Tragedy is defined as a play dealing with tragic events and having an unhappy ending, especially one concerning the downfall of the main character. The tragic flaw is inborn to the main character and manifests itself throughout the play. The tragic hero must be noble and poses a higher authoritative position than most common man, yet has a tragic flaw, which is a major contribution to the hero’s downfall, known as hamartia. In William Shakespeare’s Othello, Othello is a tragic hero, which flaw was jealousy. The seed of jealousy and self-doubt was planted in Othello’s heart causing flared suspension and rushed into assumptions and actions that could have been avoided by calm common sense.
Othello is a nobleman and a general in Cyprus. His skills as a soldier and leadership are valuable and necessary to the state and he is an integral part of Venetian civic society. He is physically in good shape and is in great demand by the duke and the senate. Respected, honored, and confident, Othello was no prey to insecurities: From men of royal siege, and my demerits / May speak unbonneted to as proud a fortune / As this that I have reach’d. (Act I, scene II, lines 21-24). Othello is very wealthy and is of high status. Also, Othello is confident of his merit, his claim to respect and worth. His life was fascinating, causing the character of Desdemona to deeply fall in love with him. With his stories of his past wars and his bravery:
That I did love the Moor to live with him / My…

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