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Unformatted text preview: (V ii 372) that Othello was “great of heart”? Yes, I believe that Othello’s last speech succeeds in restoring his original dignity and nobility. After realizing he has wrongly killed his wife, he was courageous to admit his mistake despite his insecurity and the fact that he was deceived. He also addresses who he really is. “Speak of me as I am; nothing extenuate, /Nor set down aught in malice” (V, ii, 53-54). He also talks about some of the other mistakes he made in the past and does not try to paint a better picture on his wrong deeds at all even though not all were his faults. He neither tries to extract sympathy from others. Yes, I agree with Cassio that Othello was “great of heart”. He wrongly killing his wife shows he loves her so much that he cannot bear any stain between them. Cassio understands Othello’s misery and desperation not only from Othello’s last speech but also from his short lifetime....
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- Spring '08
- Othello, English-language films, Husband, Iago