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Amanda Goff - OthelloThesis: A good majority of Shakespeare’s work consists of tragedies and love stories; Othello is one work that is undoubtedly considered a tragedy, but does that entitle the protagonist, Othello himself, to automatically earn the classification of a “tragic hero” as defined by Aristotle? According to most criticisms and tradition, Aristotle tragedies usually adapt to three specific and consistent entities of action, time, and place. However, it is not very often that Shakespeare writes a play that takes place in one time or place with one action. For this reason, it is hard to generally classify Shakespeare works as fitting the Aristotle definition of a literary tragedy. To break it down further, Aristotle also has a sort of classification system to define a tragic hero inside of literary works as well. His criteria are centered on the effect characters have on the audience in general. There is quite a debate as to whether Othello is a tragic hero by Aristotle’s definition and whether Othello, the Moor of Venice is a tragedy work by Aristotle’s definition of that as well. It isimportant to consider every aspect of the ingredients Artistotle uses to make up his criteria and then further analyze Shakespeare’s work and character to see if they fit the mold. Outline:I.Thesis and IntroductinII.Aristotle’s Definition of a tragic heroa.Social status and audience perceptionb.Essentially “good”c.Free of evil acts with intentd.Fatal weakness that leads to downfallIII.Definiting Othello’s statusa.Is Othello a tragic hero?IV.Aristotle’s Definition of a tragedya.Hamartiab.Catharsisc.Anagnorisis
Amanda Goff - OthelloV.Is Othello a tragedy?VI.Conclusion and DecisionA good majority of Shakespeare’s work consists of tragedies and love stories; Othello is one work that is undoubtedly considered a tragedy, but does that entitle the protagonist, Othello himself, to automatically earn the classification of a “tragic hero” as defined by Aristotle? According to most criticisms and tradition, Aristotle tragedies usually adapt to three specific and consistent entities of action, time, and place. However, it is not very often that Shakespeare writes a play that takes place in one time or place with one action. For this reason, it is hard to generally classify Shakespeare works as fitting the Aristotle
Amanda Goff - Othellodefinition of a literary tragedy. To break it down further, Aristotle also has a sort of classification system to define a tragic hero inside of literary works as well. His criteria

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