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To what extent is Othello responsible for his own downfall?To what extent is Iago responsible for Othello’s downfall?Through using a tragic hero, Shakespeare does not intend his audience to admireOthello, but to essentially identify ourselves with him.tragic hero has many weaknesses which lead to his downfall at the conclusion of the play.Despite his remarkable eloquence and bravery, Shakespearean critic A.C Bradley condemnsOthello as "unusually open to deception." Othello’s fatal flaws such as being naïvely trustingto his so-called friend Iago and his tragic pride are weaknesses that work to his disadvantage.At the conclusion of the play, the reader therefore feels a large degree of catharsis because ofhis tragic downfall.Othello’s downfall is a result of many factors, he must bear some responsibility for hisactions and for the murder of Desdemona.Othello is an essentially good character, whose virtues are used against him by the evil andmanipulative character of Iago. Ultimately Othello’s downfall and destruction is a result ofhis gullibility and his all-consuming jealousy. Othello is a tragic hero in the true sense of theword; he dies due to a flaw in his character trying to drive out the evil around himOthello has insecurities flaws such as his gullibility, jealousy and his deep love forDesdemona which all contributed to his own downfall. Othello’s gullibility, led him tobelieve that a person’s outward appearance reflects their inner self. Unfortunately he wasunable to see “honest Iago” for who he truly was, and in turn was unable to see thatDesdemona is beautiful on the outside as well as the inside. It was his gullibility that madehim so easily believe in Iago’s deception, and ultimately murder Desdemona.Othello’s jealous tendencies was also a major contributing factor to his demise, he becomesextremely jealous of Desdemona and Cassio’s supposed affair. He allows jealousy toconsume his every thought to the point where evidence is manufactured and any logic is

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