As Iago ends Act 1 with his soliloquy, we become sure that dishonesty is one of his most revered qualities. People may be good or bad or right or wrong, but we’re all just individuals made up of different parts. Some parts unique, but some are evidence of our inherent idiosyncrasy, proof that we’re all citizens of the world. Being maniacally brilliant, Iago lies to and manipulates the characters in Othello with hardly a second thought. He’s remarkably cunning at how he gets where he wants to go.
Most tragic heroes are of high standing because they are easily recognizable. Tragic heroes are usually portrayed as prominent social figures so when they fall they fall harder. Brutus's fatal flaw is his trustworthy nature. He joins the conspiracy not because he "loved Caesar less but loved Rome more." ( ) Brutus joins the conspiracy under the impression that he is preventing Caesar's tyranny and saving the people of Rome.
Upon Malvolio’s entrance in Act II Scene V, Sir Toby states “here’s an overweening rogue!” (Act 2, scene 5, line 27) after plotting with Fabian and Maria to punish Malvolio, referring to him as a “little villain” (Act 2, scene 5, line 12). Upon his entrance in the scene, Malvolio states his ambitions for nobility, “To be Count Malvolio!’ (Act 2, scene 5, line 32) to the group. The disdain the other characters have for Malvolio throughout the play is only met with vanity, hubris and patronizing comments on Malvolio’s part, doing very little to conjure any remorse for the character following his downfall later in the play. Malvolio opposes the fun and festivities of the “Twelfth Night” and chastises the characters in the play several times for their celebrations. Malvolio questions their actions in the form of patronizing dialogue by asking “My masters,
This rapid change in language, portraying Desdemona as his ‘sweet’ Desdemona at the start of the play then later going on to call her an ‘excellent wretch’. The contrasting of Othello’s language at the start of scene and the end of the scene laments the loss of his sanity, rationality and his loss of interest in his life with
(5.2.217) Therefore, Hamlet is essentially begging Laertes for forgiveness. He says that he feels bad about the act that he has committed but he blames it all on his madness. His madness killed Polonius, not Hamlet himself. Speaker: Hamlet Context: It has been assumed by the other characters that leading up to this part of the play Hamlet has gone mad. Each character has their own speculation of why he has gone mad but the readers of the play know that Hamlet is putting on an
“To be or not to be, that is the question; whether’ tis nobler in the mind to suffer...” (Shakespeare Act 3, Scene 1). This quotation proves Hamlet becomes inferior to others and the environment through his madness, causing him to express himself explicitly towards others. Hamlet’s madness not only causes his loved ones lives but it allows his “end” to come because he accepts every challenge from his opponent. Hamlet’s madness not only affects him but Ophelia, who is mentally torn apart by Hamlet. Ophelia was once flawless, but since her encounter with Hamlet she has fallen into the same madness and wants to kill herself.
Macbeth is a tragic hero who is undone by his own ambition and secret desire to become king. This is the tragic flaw, or hamartia, that results in his final doom. The irony of this tragic flaw is that Macbeth recognises himself the impact that his ambition is having upon him and almost predicts how it could all end badly in his soliloquy in Act I scene 7: I have no spur To prick the sides of my intent, but only Vaulting ambition which o'erleaps itself And falls on th'other. Macbeth is a character that not only has his tragic flaw but also allows himself, at least initially, to be dominated and influenced by his wife. This is one area in which perhaps Macbeth as a tragic hero is distinct, as in other cases, such as Julius Caesar, he ignores his wife's advice.
He will find a person who is deemed a hero in the eyes of society and destroy every part of it. As we see in Shakespeare’s Othello, the sociopathic nature of the anti-hero, Iago, and the essential nature of the protagonist, Othello, create the perfect storm for a classic dramatic tragedy. Othello’s role as an outsider makes him an easy target for jealous, sociopathic Iago, which results in his fateful fall from grace and ultimately seals his destiny as a tragic hero. Iago embodies an accurate portrayal of a sociopathic personality in this tale of undercover treachery. He displays all the tell tale signs which embody such a character.
Jealousy can be seen as one of the main causes of Othello’s downfall as he is driven by it to ultimately murder Desdemona, his most valuable treasure, without whom, he is nothing. However, there are also other factors, such as his trusting nature, and his keen sense of honour that can be seen to lead to his downfall. His hamartia could be seen as his main flaw as it is through his grave error of judgement that allows Iago to exploits Othello’s insecurities and poison his mind. On the other hand, it could be said that honour is the main flaw that leads to Othello’s downfall. This idea is conveyed through the way Othello has achieved status in society and therefore, doesn’t seem to want to compromise his honour, as we assume, due to traditional Venetian rule that he had to work his way up through the ranks as Coleridge explains saying “Venetian society was noted for its ability to allow anyone to raise though the ranks”.
The tragic flaw that eventually leads to his downfall, a reversal of fortune brought about by the hero’s tragic flaw, which was the fact that the other character realized their misjudgments and the real wickedness was found out, which was Iago. The audience feels pity and fear for Othello because his weakness took over him and killed him; the audience may also liken themselves to the character and learn from it. Iago creates an alternate world filled with lies that overwhelm the trusting and naive Othello. Othello's downfall comes about due to a combination of the influence of Iago and the fatal character flaws of the admirable Othello. Othello is afflicted with a jealous tendency and inability to understand others and their motives.