Othello's pity drags the reader in because he is deceived into his pity and readers believe that it could happen to anybody. The jealousy also arouses a sense of terror that maybe everybody is subject to betrayal by friends and making the wrong move out of jealousy. Othello acted to quickly on emotions and therefore draws sympathy from the readers. He kills his wife and somehow still draws sympathy for his own pity. Readers seem to forget that what he is going off of his own worries about his wife's infidelity.
Othello starts out the play as an outsider in his city. He is a black Moor that has spent his life working as a mercenary to achieve his general position. He does not, like most men, have family connections to guarantee him the job; he has done it solely on merit. Everybody has felt like an outsider at one time in their life and this is why Othello grabs such great pity from readers. He often thinks that he is not as intellectual as the men he works with. "Rude am I in speech." Iago realizes this and uses it against him later in the play. Othello worries that he is not even classy enough for his own wife. "She loved me for the dangers I had passed." He knows that her father does not approve of the marriage of his daughter and a black Moor, but yet he seems to get over it when he sees that his daughter is happy. "Her father loved me, oft invited me;"
The main point of Othello's pity is that he is so deceived by his friend Iago who he knows to be always true. "Iago is most honest." It could happen to anybody which is what makes the point so realistic. Othello kills his one valued possession, which is his wife, and then realizes what has gone on. At this point he is so far into self pity, and rightfully so, that he takes his own life. "I kissed thee ere I killed thee, no way but this,
killing myself, to die upon a kiss." Any reader can relate to Othello. Everyone has done something wrong and regretted it when they...