Othello is a tragic hero in this drama.
Consequently, Othello has many weaknesses.
In order to truly understand the character of Othello, one must understand .
him as a tragic hero with both greatness and weakness. .
A tragic hero is the main character in a play that takes a downfall or is .
ruined during the play. Undoubtedly, Othello is ruined during the course of .
this Shakespearean drama. In the beginning of the play his life is in order, as .
he was married to the beautiful Desdemona, the younger daughter of a well .
respected Senator, Brabantio. However, Othello was a Moor, and their .
marriage was frowned upon. Iago had an evil plot to bring Othello down, .
because he was in love with Desdemona when the Moor stole her heart. .
Iago causes Othello to turn against his wife, and have jealous rages that .
caused her much despair and grief. This is concurrent with the persona of a .
tragic hero. In the end, Iago brings Othello down just as he planned. The .
reader must realize that without his downfall, Othello couldn't be considered .
tragic, henceforth there would be no moral one could take from the play. .
Othello is very characteristic of a tragic hero. .
Othello is also a man that shows much greatness throughout the .
drama. Throughout his adult life he has been acclaimed for his many .
conquests throughout the land. He shows greatness through his love for .
Desdemona. For instance, "But that I love the gentle Desdemona, I would .
not my unhoused free condition put into circumscription and confine for the .
seas" worth," Othello said when referring to his affection and true feelings .
for Desdemona. Othello was very remarkable when discussing his love for .
Throughout the play Othello, its main character shows much .
weakness. Much of this weakness channels from Iago, the villain of the .
script. Othello himself addresses his own frailty when he describes himself .
as "an honorable murderer"; as "one that loved not wisely but too well.