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"O I see that nose of yours, but not that dog I shall throw it to" (Act 4, Scene 2), is the line Othello mutters under his breath after hearing a conversation between Cassio and Iago. But why would Othello say such a horrible remark about one Michael Cassio? Is it because it's the truth or is because we have a man named Iago, who in fact, is plotting the downfall of the great Moor of Venice. This are the questions I will attempt to give qualified solutions for and try to answer greatest question of all, "what is Othello's flaw the leads him to self-murder?" If you have read William Shakespeare's famous, "The Tragedy of Othello, the Moor of Venice", you to would know or ponder the flaw that killed Othello. Is it greed?, love?, jealousy?, trust?, honor?, pride?, reputation?, or maybe even a friend.

These thoughts would stir one's mind if having read and or truly understood the tragic play. For one to know the flaw of Othello one must first know the basic plot of Othello.

Iago is passed over for a promotion by his commander, Othello, a Moor and a general in the service of Venice, and vows revenge. Othello has just married Desdemona, the daughter of Brabantio, a Venetian Senator, and Iago enlists the aid of Roderigo, a rejected suitor, to tell Desdemona's father about the marriage. Brabantio goes to seize his daughter, but is interrupted by news of a Turkish attack on Cyprus. The Duke and the Senate convene, and after hearing Desdemona and Othello testify to their love for one another, they allow her to accompany him to Cyprus, which he will defend against the Turks. Iago, whom Othello regards as honest and trustworthy,