Othello, By William Shakespeare Essay

1540 Words Mar 10th, 2016 7 Pages
In the end of Shakespeare’s play, Othello, the Moor of Venice, Othello, the protagonist, tragically dies beside his wife, Desdemona. He tragically lost his position of being the prestigious Moor by unknowingly transforming into a murderous lunatic since he believed in falsifications concerning his own wife. His focus on the negative possibility of Desdemona being unfaithful towards him instead of earnestly focusing on the positive possibility that Desdemona is remaining faithful towards him, and the abundant hedonism in the play, such as his drastic desire for vengeance and knowledge, led to Othello’s downfall. Ergo, Othello is the tragic hero in William Shakespeare’s play. Since Othello focused on the negative possibility of Desdemona being adulterous, instead of being open to a positive possibility, such as Desdemona being faithful, and since hedonism was evident in himself, Othello is a tragic hero in the Aristotelian tragedy, where he obviously underwent a transformation where he went from being a man whom the senators revered to a man who was wifeless and powerless and who committed suicide.
By Othello focusing on the negative outcome, namely, his wife being unfaithful towards him, instead of the possible positive reality of Desdemona being faithful towards him, Othello suffered the calamity of suicide. At first, Othello seemingly discerns Michael Cassio as an honest man: “Iago: … I think he [Cassio] is honest. Othello: I think so too.” However, since Othello focused…

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