Othello Is Essentially an Noble Character, Flawed by Insecurity and a Nature That Is Naive and Unsophisticated

1063 Words Nov 6th, 2007 5 Pages
"Othello is essentially an noble character, flawed by insecurity and a nature that is naive and unsophisticated". Looking at William Shakespeare's Othello The Moor Of Venice, the central character, Othello is revered as the tragic hero. He is a character of high stature that is destroyed by his surroundings, his own actions, and his fate. His destruction is essentially precipitated by his own actions, as well as by the actions of the characters surrounding him. The tragedy of Othello is not a fault of a single villain, but is rather a consequence of a wide range of feelings, judgments and misjudgments, and attempts for personal justification exhibited by all of the participants. Othello is first shown as a hero of war and a man of …show more content…
Because of this key cultural difference, he is more easily lead and therefore more susceptible to Iago's manipulation. Iago carefully and masterfully entraps Othello into believing that his wife, Desdemona, is having an affair with Cassio. He does this through a series of suggestions and hesitations that entice and
Implant images into Othello's head that lead him to his own demise. Most importantly, Iago gives Othello the motive to murder his own innocent wife Desdemona, satisfying Iago's immense appetite for revenge and taking advantage of Othello's insecure nature.

Othello can be recognized to have a very self-destructive personality. He is a man with power within his community; he is also a man of much controversy. It was simply the sinister brilliance of a man like Iago that was need to capitalize on such character traits and use them for personal, bitter revenge. As a noble character, Othello is well respected by his Venetian society. He uses his honor and skill as a general to bridge gaps between himself and his peers. However, Othello sometimes makes a point of presenting himself as an outsider, whether because he recognizes his exotic appeal or because he is self-conscious of and defensive about his difference from other Venetians. For example, in spite of his obvious eloquence in Act I, scene iii, he protests, "Rude am I in my speech, / And little blessed with the soft phrase of peace" (I.iii.81–82). While Othello is

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