Othello: tragic flaw & Hubris

Tragedy A drama of a solemn and dignified quality that typically depicts the development of a conflict between the protagonist and a superior force, such as fate, circumstance, or society, and reaches a mournful/ruinous death
Tragic Flaw A deflect in the protagonist that brings about his or her tragic downfall
Othello’s tragic flaw -Easy prey to insecurities due to his age, his life as a soldier, and his self-consciousness about being a racial and culture outsider -very trusting of others
Hubris -Derived from the greed word Hybris-means “excessive pride”-In Greek tragedy, hubris is often viewed as the flaw that leads to the downfall of the tragic hero
Example of Othello tragic flaws -act 3, scene 3: Othello trusting nature believes Iago is telling the truth when he said Desdemona is having an affair with Cassio. Leads to him losing his state of mind and convincing himself that Desdemona definitely cheated on him

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