Tragic Hero In William Shakespeare: The Tragedy Of Othello

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According to the Chimney Safety Institute of America, chimneys can oft form a layer of “Creosote, [which is] black or brown in appearance. It can be crusty and flaky…tar-like, drippy and sticky…or shiny and hardened” (“The Facts about Chimney Fires.”). In fact, this creosote problem affects many chimneys all over the world, enwheeling the 7,000 chimneys that are present in the city of Venice, Italy. Venice is the main setting of The Tragedy of Othello, a play written by 15th century English playwright, William Shakespeare. The play is built upon the flaws that each of the characters possess, and how these flaws are exploited by another individual, ultimately leading to their demises. One of these characters are the “tragic hero” of the story. …show more content…
Othello’s downfall is brought about by his tragic flaw of jealousy. Othello himself claims that “[It is] not to make [him] jealous, / To say that [his] wife is fair, feeds well, loves company, is free of speech, sings, plays, and dances well”, explaining that he would never be jealous towards his wife (3.3. 183-185). However, his actions contradict his eloquent speech, and his tragic flaw aggressively drags him to his downfall. His jealousy leads him to unhealthily obsess over his suspicions, promising that “[his] bloody thoughts, with violent pace, / Shall [never] look back” (3.3. 454-455), and influencing Othello abuse his wife, calling her “[a] cunning whore of Venice” (4.2. 88), only weakening their relationship. His jealousy tears away at him, swiftly bringing him to his destruction. Othello’s visible tragic flaw of jealousy that brings his downfall satisfies Aristotle’s last requirement, that the tragic hero’s downfall must be brought about by his tragic

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