Othello Villain or Hero?

Othello Villain or Hero?Yoon Alex English 2

From Hero to Absolutely No and Back Again In Shakespeare’s play Othello, the lead character begins as an extremely prestigious member of Venetian society but drops into a spiral of jealousy and insecurity, losing both his reputation and his treasured lover. Regardless of messing up from one folly to the next, nevertheless, Othello eventually shows qualities of a true hero. Although his actions grow progressively severe and lastly even homicidal, the pureness of his objectives is revealed through both his actions and speech. Even under the dangerous impact of a master dissimulator such as Iago, Othello’s

pure love and honor continuously battle with the lies he believes to be real in his mind. Despite his setting in racist Venice, Othello is able to overcome the prejudice and display an aspect of his heroism through his honorable disposition. Upon hearing Brabantio’s grievances about Othello illicitly seducing Desdemona, the Duke of Venice, a highly prestigious member of Venetian society, straight addresses Othello’s increasing above his bias by stating to Brabantio, “If virtue no happy charm absence, Your son-in-law is far more reasonable than black “William Shakespeare, Othello Bad Guy,

Act 1, Lines 290-291 In this same situation we see Othello himself satisfying these serious accusations

of witchcraft with an extremely calm and sensible way, the method a hero ought to carry out in a difficult circumstance. When he is approached by Brabantio and a group of high-ranking officers with drawn swords and flaming torches, he calmly states,”Maintain your intense swords, for the dew will rust them. Great signior, you shall more command with years Than with your weapons “William Shakespeare, Othello Villain, Act 1,

Scene 2, Lines 58-61 The reader is impressed by not only the cleverness and knowledge displayed by his action but also the poetic way with which he speaks, made even more noticable when apposed with Brabantio’s coarse reply with,”

O thou nasty burglar, where hast thou stow ‘d my daughter?”William Shakespeare, Othello Villain, Act 1, Scene 2, Lines 62-63 We likewise hear of Othello’s heroic and noble personality through other characters’accounts. Montano, an extremely well-regarded soldier

from Cyprus, says, “I have served him, and the male commands Like a complete soldier”William Shakespeare, Othello Villain, Act 2, Scene 1

, Lines 35-36 showcasing Othello’s even higher valor on the field. Even Iago, in spite of all his hate for Othello, begrudgingly compliments him by saying

that”The Moor is of a continuous, caring, noble nature”

William Shakespeare, Othello Villain, Act 2, Scene 1, Lines 292-293 Regardless of being consistently lied to by Iago, a man he believes is

totally trustworthy and honorable, Othello desperately holds on to a pure vision of Desdemona. This

hope he holds of his partner’s innocence is unreasonable when held versus all the circumstantial evidence provided by Iago, however this illogicality further showcases Othello’s practically steady faith in Desdemona, an admirably honorable quality. In the throes of his rage, Othello’s jealousy wracks him with headaches and fits of epilepsy instead of heartache. It is as if he thinks on an emotional, unconscious level that Desdemona is innocent in spite of the claims of his rational mind. When Othello approaches Desdemona with the intent to throttle her, at the height of his jealousy and resentment, he describes her skin as “whiter than snow And smooth as significant alabaster” William Shakespeare, Othello Villain, Act 5, Scene 2, Lines 4-5 signs of purity. He says “pluck thy increased”, or deflower, to describe eliminating her, recommending that in his mind he still associates her sins– and hence following Christian beliefs protected her passage into Heaven– a distinction that someone who truly disliked her would not

have actually bothered to make. He states,” I would not eliminate thy unprepared spirit, I would not kill thy soul”, exposing the vital love he still bears for her

in spite of the adulteries she has “devoted”versus him. It can not be rejected, nevertheless, that Othello murders Desdemona, which the act itself was the reverse of heroism. As effective as his love for Desdemona is, his terrible flaw of jealousy and insecurity, whether due to his racial inferiority or doing not have in charm compared to her other”suitors “, shows to be even higher and clouds his judgment. In Othello’s defense, he thinks that his spouse is shamefully pernicious instead of unwaveringly faithful, and although he murders Desdemona

, he does it with the intent of attempting to do great. Before throttling her, Othello says to himself,”Yet she should die, else she’ll betray more men”William Shakespeare, Othello Bad Guy, Act 5, Scene 5, Lines 18-19 and after that”If you bethink yourself of any criminal activity Unreconciled as yet to paradise, Obtain for it straight “William Shakespeare, Othello Villain, Act 5, Scene 5, Lines 18-19 From these 2 lines Othello exposes that the driving force behind his actions is not harmful intent but rather a sense of duty to cleanse both Desdemona and the world of her sins.

Vengeance is undoubtedly likewise a part of the deed,

but it is exceeded by his desire to exonerate Desdemona of

her guilt by means of her death. Upon hearing Desdemona’s pleads of innocence, which, due to Othello’s misconceived state, all appear to be lies, he exclaims, “O perjured female! thou dost stone my heart, And makest me call what I intend to

do A murder, which I believed a sacrifice “William Shakespeare

, Othello Bad Guy, Act 5, Scene 2, Lines 63-65 This declaration proves that Othello’s outlook is not vengeance however vindication, and likewise more reveals the depth of his love, because even at the height of his conviction the strength of his love lends credence to the pleads of innocence that he logically”understands” to be lies. At first light, Othello’s suicide does not appear to be a brave act. It contradicts his Christian suitables, shatters his social reputation, and probably nullifies any future possibility he

could have needed to compensate his criminal offense. Nevertheless in the last moments of his life Othello both endeavors to redeem himself and also shows truly brave

qualities. Upon unveiling Iago’s treachery, Othello stabs Iago, then willingly surrenders his weapon, and in doing so at the same time enables the criminal of all the conflict to be recorded while proving that he is not acting not in his individual interest but to put an end to conflict, a perhaps selfless and heroic performance. Prior to stabbing himself, he states, “Where a deadly and turbaned Turk Beat a Venetian and traduced the state, I took by the throat the circumcised dog, And smote him, therefore”William Shakespeare, Othello Villain, Act 5, Scene 2, Lines 351-354 In this declaration, Othello reveals himself as both the turbaned Turk and the one who smites him in penalty. In dedicating murder he is like the Turk who does damage to the Venetian state. However Othello’s heroic quality is that he is able to take duty and see himself as the source of the strife, when it would have been infinitely easier to shift the blame onto the obvious antagonist. In punishing himself as the Turk, he becomes a martyr who dies to rid the world of what he believes to be the true evil. It can even be stated that he follows his

Christian ideals, in that he puts Iago’s life in the hands of the state, rather than identifying another male’s fate himself. And although his social

credibility is now in shambles, Othello states, “Why should honor outlive sincerity? For nought I carried out in hate, however all in honor”William Shakespeare, Othello Bad Guy, Act 1, Scene, Lines 243, 293 This declaration shows that as assidously as the Moor labored to cultivate his reputation in the eyes of a society that viewed his race as inferior, he values the honesty of his efforts to act nobly, both throughout the play and in his last acts, even greater. It can not be rejected that the crimes Othello devoted, by themselves, were godawful. However what made Othello a brave character was the pure intent behind each of his actions, and the actions he took to atone for his criminal activities. Although his actions were deadly, the driving easons behind them were not harmful. Although Othello was too ignorant in his estimation of Iago, upon uncovering the fact he immediately recognized the folly of the destruction he had actually unintentionally wreaked, and sacrificed himself to guarantee nothing of the kind occurred once again, perhaps realizing that in his unwavering innocence he might

be led to corruption once again. Such was the magnitude of Othello’s heroism that even at the conclusion of the play, after all his criminal activities had been laid bare, Cassio was shown to say,”For he was fantastic of heart”William Shakespeare, Othello Villain

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