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Othello resembles walter in the fact that he too is a

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Othello resembles Walter in the fact that he too is a black man, however he has proved himself to be of much higher standings in his society. He has earned impressive military rankings and gives directions over the white men who are under his command in the army. Othello is also accepted into the higher class of society because he fits the part. He dresses appropriately, is educated, and well spoken. The only significant time that Othello faces discrimination is when he marries Desdemona. He must go to court to pled his case and explain to all that Desdemona and he are truly in love, and that no magic was done to persuade her into marrying him. Hamartia is a literary term used to describe a character flaw that works against the protagonist by portraying their weakness. Again, Walter and Othello share something in common, in that they both fall subject to this. Throughout both plays, each character is seen as the protagonist and they react to their flaws in distinctive ways. The flaw that Othello is cursed with is jealousy. However, at first he begins the play as a very calm and rational character. For example, when Roderigo influences Brabantio into finding and fighting Othello in response to him marrying Desdemona. Instead of fighting back Othello instructs them all to lower their weapons and uses effective wording to reason
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Bordeaux 3 with them. Unfortunately, this composure that embodies him quickly leaves as Iago fixes his mind on jealousy and suspicion. Iago deceives Othello into believing that his wife, Desdemona, is unfaithful and has been sleeping with another man, Cassio. Throughout the entire play, Iago plays tricks with Othello’s mind to make him believe his well thought out lie. Iago even warns Othello not to fall into this fault, by saying to him, “ O, beware, My Lord, of Jealousy, it is the green-eyed, monster which doth mock. The meet it feeds on” (pg. xxx). This warning only seems to light the fire of jealousy within Othello for he falls victim to jealousy more and more as the days pass. The one person who he saw to be completely pure and innocent has seemly failed him. He invested everything in Desdemona and she was the only thing he knew to be true. Unfortunately his jealousy overpowers him and he finds no other choice but to kill Desdemona for betraying him. Othello is the perfect example of a tragedy and what happens when you allow your hamartia to take over and control you completely. Not only does he kill is wife, but he ruins his social status, and
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