How Does Shakespeare Use The Relationship between Othello And Cassio To Heighten The Tragic Of The Play?

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"Othello" was written by William Shakespeare in the 17th century. The basic plot of the play is that a black general, Othello, marries a white girl who is the Venetian senator's daughter. Othello convinced that she is having an affair; he murders her and then commits suicide. Othello commits suicide by stabbing himself, this is not wanted by the other characters in the play.

Normally a hero perceived as a muscular, handsome man who dresses in a tight fitting costume. Iago is a soldier who has fought beside Othello for several years, and has become his trusted adviser. At the beginning of the play, Iago claims to have been unfairly passed over for promotion to the rank of Othello's lieutenant in favor of Michael Cassio, a Florentine gentleman soldier, a man of high manners and theoretical learning. Iago plots to make Othello demote Cassio, and thereafter to bring about the downfall of Othello himself.

Othello is a classic example of Aristotle's theory of a tragic hero- a great man of noble birth, with a high position in his society who now has a flaw (In "Othello": Othello's Trust in Iago) that leads to his own downfall. Othello is ultimately a tragic hero in the Greek tradition defined by the critic, Aristotle's concept of a tragic hero. To find the meaning of a tragic hero we must define what a tragic and hero mean. A tragic event is disastrous, dreadful or fateful. A tragic story or play has a serious theme usually results in death or defeat. A hero is a man who displays courage or noble qualities.1 Othello is also seen as a noble person from other characters in the play:Herald: "our noble and valiant general" (pg. 67, l.1-2)If we compare the two plays "Hamlet" and "Othello" both written...