Othello's Downfall

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Othello’s story is the perfect illustration of man’s tragic vulnerability. Is Othello’s downfall a consequence of his own weakness or circumstances beyond his control?

William Shakespeare’s ‘Othello’ portrays the idea of a “tragic hero” in a very confronting and distinctive manner. The play explores how the main protagonist Othello, even though is labelled as an outsider due to his race of being “black”, strives to maintain his high ranked reputation while oblivious to Iago’s manipulations. Othello’s down fall has been argued countless times on whether it was due to his own weaknesses and incapability or through other influences and circumstances in which are beyond his control and abilities. However this perception is limited to an implausible and inadequate judgement of Othello’s down fall when the consolidation of Othello’s own imperfections and the irrepressible circumstances stimulated by Iago proves to be much more reasonable and conceivable. This concept can be exhibited through the prominent themes of jealousy, reputation and honour and appearance vs. reality.
For Othello, jealousy is a deficiency that obstructs his sense of rational reasoning, but for Iagoit is the catalyst and fuel for his compulsive ambitions to ignite Othello’s calamity. Othello is a very gullible character and becomes immediately susceptible to any claims that he deems threatening in addition to his habit of skipping to conclusion abruptly , revealing the impact of his jealous nature. This is strongly elucidated as he personally decides to murder Desdemona purely based accumulated opinions and false evidence presented my Iago rather than real solid evidence “It is the cause, it is the cause, my soul. Let me not name it to you, you chaste stars, it is the cause. Yet I’ll not shed her blood”. This example clearlyexpresses that he still cannot fully comprehend Desdemona’s infidelity
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