There are a few characters in the book Othello marked by jealousy. However, there is one character in specific, riddled with jealousy which evidently is his tragic flaw. Before getting into who this character is, what is jealousy? Jealousy is an extreme emotion one feels such as humiliation, rage, and a fear of abandonment. This emotion arises when a third party suspects a threat to a relationship (Psychology Today).
310-311). But Iago’s plan works and he makes Othello love, thank, and reward him, even though it is all due to lies. Othello’s future actions are dictated by these lies and tragically lead to Othello and Desdemona’s demise. William Shakespeare demonstrates the human aspects of vengeance and hatred through his use of dramatic irony and conflict in the tale of Othello. Throughout the play it is obvious that Iago is deceiving Othello into thinking that his wife is unfaithful.
Othello is a tragic love story written by William Shakespeare. The story revolves around the heroic character Othello, who is strong both physically and mentally, but ultimately succumbs to jealousy that eventually destroys his love with Desdemona and his life. The central evil within the play that worms his way into the mind of each character is Iago. Iago is both evil and brilliant in the way he slowly corrupts each character to the point of destruction. Through his thoughts that he speaks to himself through the play, the audience can understand evil in its sincerest form.
Many of Shakespeare’s plays use the concept of jealousy, however few use it as centrally as Othello. One of the strongest examples of this is the character Iago. From the start of the play his actions are driven by jealousy and the perceived revenge he needs to get. He is jealous of Cassio for taking a promotion he saw as his. He is jealous at Othello because he suspects him of cuckolding him.
He was entertaining and the turning point for the main theme that climaxed the bliss and tragedy of Romeo and Juliet. With Mercutio being such a skeptic, he mocks love and makes fun of his best friend Romeo when he finds out he has fallen in love with a Capulet; Mercutio states “Romeo, Humors! Madman! Passion! Lover!
Love’s Tragic Nature: An Analysis of Othello and Desdemona’s Relationship Shakespeare’s Othello tells the tragedy of a black Othello’s fall from grace when he is manipulated by a spiteful, duplicitous Iago. From exploiting his insecurities to planting doubt, Iago facilitates Othello’s radical transition from being a loving husband to killing his own wife. Although Othello and Desdemona seem to be impeccably virtuous when viewed independently, their relationship proves to be vulnerable due to their common obsession with appearances (vs. reality). Moreover, in consequence of this preoccupation, Othello’s subsequent trust in a treacherous Iago, his relationship’s racial nature, and the couple’s mutual disillusionment of one another ultimately allows them to be torn apart.
Many tragic heroes holds pride as their primary cause to his downfall, but Hamlet’s hesitation throughout the play is his key weakness. During the play of The Murder of Gonzago schemed by Hamlet to confirm Claudius’s act of crime, himself was overwhelmed by self-contempt and guilt. Hamlet blames himself for just standing around cursing like a whore, and urges to seek revenge by heaven and hell. After the performance, Hamlet observes Claudius and found him guilty and prays for forgiveness. But Hamlet give up the good opportunity of killing Claudius because he hopes that his revenge for his father for a moral sake, not committing an impulsive revenge.
This essay will examine, explain, and justify Brutus’s depiction as a tragic hero. One of the characteristics of a tragic hero is hamartia: a fatal flaw that will lead to the character’s downfall. Brutus’s hamartia is hard to spot out, but is proven to be fatal once further examined. For instance, Brutus’s main hamartia is his love towards Rome. Brutus tells Cassius that he “had rather be a villager [t]han to repute himself a son of Rome [u]nder these hard conditions” (Shakespeare I.ii:172-174) when Cassius persuades him to join the conspiracy and murder Caesar.
Othello’s hamartia could also be seen as his jealousy, which grows increasingly when he see Cassio and Desdemona together, but it is initially his trust which allows Iago to manipulate him into thinking that Desdemona is betraying him by being unfaithful with Cassio and by reminding him constantly that he is an outsider. This trust accompanied with his excessive self -confidence and pride may be his downfall as they allow Iago to destroy him in the murder of Desdemona. Bradley’s thought towards Othello’s ‘hamartia’ is that he is a ‘faultless hero’, whose strength is used against him by Iago. Bradley argues that Othello’s only character trait is that he
In the play King Lear, William Shakespeare depicts the main character Cordelia as a tragic hero in this story/play. King Lear is a tragedy written by William Shakespeare. It depicts the gradual descent into madness of the title character, after he disposes of his kingdom giving bequests to two of his three daughters based on their flattery of him, bringing tragic consequences for all.King Lear is a tragic hero. He behaves rashly and irresponsibly at the start of the play. He is blind and unfair as a father and as a ruler.