The Role of Gods in Oedipus’ Fall versus the Role of Self in Othello’s Downfall
English 102: Literature and Composition
Topic: The role of gods in Oedipus’ fall versus the role of self in Othello’s downfall
Thesis: Evidence from the two plays and secondary sources prove that the fall of Oedipus in, Oedipus Rex, results from supreme powers beyond Oedipus’s control; and the disgrace of Othello, in Othello the Moor of Venice, results from human errors made by Othello.
Tragic heroes are the central characters in plays as exhibited by Sophocles and Shakespeare, both playwrights of tragic plays, who use of different strategies to create their tragic heroes in their plays Oedipus Rex and Othello, the Moor of Venice respectively. It has been argued that “The downfall of Oedipus is the work of the gods; the downfall of Othello is self-inflicted”. Prove from the two plays clearly disclose the role of gods in portraying Oedipus as a tragic hero and how Othello’s actions led to his down fall.
A. Oedipus actions are determined before birth while Othello’s path towards destruction finds him mature and famous.
i. Oedipus was thrown away at childhood to avoid the curse
ii. Othello encountered his obstacles when he could make trustworthy decisions.
B. The character traits of Oedipus and Othello allowed their agents of distraction to work successfully.
i. Oedipus was selfless and god-fearing
ii. Othello was selfish, revengeful, gullible, and jealous
C. Oedipus and Othello depended on different forces for success and action leading to a difference in the force behind their downfalls
i. Oedipus trusted in the ways of the people and sought after the gods
ii. Othello trusted in his strength and depended on his military men
D. There were other complex forces involved in the fall of Oedipus and Othello
i. Oedipus also contributed to his fall through his...