Phoebe Comerford-Flynn - Wednesday 3:30 - PMC
'It is difficult to see Othello as a hero. Rather, he is a weak, gullible, proud man whose tragic fate leaves the audience feeling little sympathy.' Do you agree with this statement? Support your answer with reference to and quotation to the play.
Personally, I disagree with this statement. I would not say Othello is still a hero after act III scene III. This is when we see Othello's fatal flaws being pulled apart by the evil Iago. This does make Othello weak in his mindset but nowhere else. Therefore, it shows him as a tragic hero, and you do feel sympathy towards him as the pain of what he has done is too much for him to bear and he ends up taking his own life.
I felt great sympathy with Othello when I saw how Iago has pulled apart Othello's weakness' and exploited them.
You can tell that Iago is out from the start to bring Othello down, "I follow him to serve my turn on him." With this line from Iago you can tell that he is going to in some way cause harm to Othello. I feel this helps you sympathise with Othello because you can tell from the start that something bad is going to happen to him. Iago does everything he can in the first act to cause trouble for Othello and you also see this when he gets Cassio to tell Bravantio about Othello and Desdemona's marriage. He turns something pure into something that it is not when he goes to Bravantio "An old black ram is tupping your white ewe." Othello is a man who has put his trust into Iago and with the way Iago exploits it from the...