Villatoro 1 Catherine Villatoro Karen Appelbaum English 1102 4 May 2019 Othello the Tragic Hero The general definition of a tragic hero is a literary character who makes an error which ultimately leads to his or her destruction in the end. In the tragedy Othello by William Shakespeare, the main character is an example of a tragic hero. In the beginning of this play, Othello is recognized as a noble and humble man by the people of Venice. He is also looked upon for being a Moor. Othello, the army general of Venice, is blinded by trust, jealousy, and becomes a judgemental person in the play, which eventually leads to his tragic fall. Iago, Othello’s standard-bearer, develops a sense of hatred for Othello simply because he did not choose Iago to be his lieutenant but instead, Othello chose Michael Cassio (I.i). Iago seeks revenge and uses Othello’s main weakness, trust, as a method to become lieutenant. Othello trusts Iago wholeheartedly and believes that Iago will not deceive him. Othello is an intelligent man who is a well-known general; therefore, he has an eye for the battlefield. Iago
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