Essay by alvinmtzrA-, November 2014

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There are many types of drama like comedy, farce, melodrama and tragedy. Tragedy is when the hero commits a crime without realizing how foolish he has been, and slowly the hero realizes her guiltiness. Othello the Moor is a tragedy of Shakespeare in which Othello thinks that Desdemona, his wife and love of his life, is cheating him with Cassio, the handsome and lieutenant of Othello. Aristotle recognizes the tragedies with six traits, and with them he classified the tragedies in classical or modern. Because, Othello the Moor fits all the characteristics of modern traits, it can be considered as a modern tragedy.

The first characteristic to be considered a modern tragedy is that the hero must have noble qualities. Although Othello has noble stature from his family, his qualities represent more his personality. He is elegant, intelligent, educated, and courage. Courage is the most important quality because he is a moor, but it does not stop him to be general of Cyprus.

Also, this courage makes that he fights to his love Desdemona, regardless, that he is a black man, and she a white woman. This love to Desdemona becomes a flaw that is jealously.

The next characteristic is that the hero's downfall must be caused by an act of injustice or by a tragic flaw. Although Oedipus commits acts of injustice like the murder of Desdemona and his suicide, he was already down, so his downfall is caused by jealously, his principal flaw. Before Oedipus becomes jealously, he is a person with the noble qualities, and many people follow him as their leader for his excellent mode of speak. All these change when Othello is jealousy of Desdemona, and he does the opposite that he really is. He becomes to spy his wife while...