Elements Of Tragedy In Othello

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Brief Analysis of Tragedy: Checkmate in Black According to the Aristotelian model, tragedy is defined by the downfall of the hero from a high place to death creating a sense of relief and catharsis for the audience. The main character’s death is caused by a tragic flaw too late to recognize after a series of unfortunate events kindling dread and sympathy within the audience. While William Shakespeare follows a similar format of tragedy, he also adds elements in some of his plays such as reoccurring death even for the good natured, clear boundaries between good and evil, and including both an internal conflicts and external enemies. By taking the guidelines of traditional tragedy, Shakespeare is therefore able to shape a model smoothly transitioning…show more content…
From the stories of “hairbreadth ‘scapes” that he had told Desdemona, the hero has gone through a series of events to make him a hard man for battle, but through the struggle, he has gained a respectable status as a captain in the army (39). Othello is no longer an ignorant character placed within high society, and instead, he is a relatable and humble character climbing himself to the higher position and even attracting Desdemona’s attention and love before he loses all his treasures. The viewer is able to connect to the past of Othello within the first act, so each mistake leading to his downfall is more heartfelt. Slowly, one by one, the warrior loses his lover and his rank to leave the hero as only an empty, unwanted foreigner. While Hamlet similarly falls into ruin due to his insecurities, the prince dies in honor with the help of Fortinbras. Pity envelopes the reader when all the hard work is swept away and the warrior’s death was the only ending to relieve the fury and…show more content…
In the case of Othello, the man contains the traits of perfection- courage, loyalty, and love for Desdemona. He is unique in the setting of Venice setting him apart of a different culture, and is only manipulated by a fiend behind a friend to plummet into a spiralling tragedy. A strong man is admired for his capabilities, and the comparison from the past self evokes compassion and sorrow for a broken and exploited life. Shakespeare successfully turns the emotions of romance into an intricate circumstance involving miscommunication and jealousy and perhaps questioning the true nature of real
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