OTHELLO BY WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE: CHARACTER ANALYSIS, DESCRIPTION & SKETCH
The most remarkable dimension of his personality is matchless soldiership since he was seven years of age, he had been a soldier. Even when he defends his wooing of Desdemona he speaks with the accents and conviction of a soldier. At the same time, he is very much conscious of the lack of polished phrases and mannerisms of a counter. His rugged and forceful discourses reflect upon his being a born soldier. Othello’s greatness as a soldier is not only acknowledged by the Senate but also by his enemies Iago’s reluctant confession highlights Othello’s significance as the leader of the troops.
The Duke pays him a glowing tribute to Othello’s skill and sterling qualities. Though he may be an Alien and strange yet the safety of the republic lies on his shoulder.
A close scrutiny of the drama reveals the goodness of the heart and spirit of this protagonist. It is chiefly his innocence and purity which lead him to tragic circumstances. Iago exploits his simplicity and wrecks his life to satisfy his malicious nature Othello allows himself to “be lead by the nose” as asses are. The man is certainly annoying enough to believe that Iago is an honest fellow. Not even for a single time, Othello brags about the royal ancestry he hardly ever speaks of his deeds toward Valerie. Throughout the drama, Othello displays passionate loyalty to the cause of the republic. He is a modest person but his modesty breeds self-distrust and errs on the side of an inferiority complex. Taking advantage of this shortcoming Iago saws the seed of suspicion in his mind. When Iago lies to him with subtle suggestions he recalls the word of Barbantio
“Look to her, Moor, if thou hast eyes to see.
She has deceived her father, and may thee.”
In his ordinary intercourse with the word, Othello shows a lofty dignity and self-possession by a mere word he stops the fight between his followers and those Barbantio. Lodovico recalls his self-possession when wrought by jealousy, he has totally lost his violent passion for surfing in its place. Since the drama is a tragedy of jealousy the hero is understood to be suffering from the green of jealousy. Despite the efforts of psychologists to find it, there is no seed of distrust or jealousy in his nature before Iago plays upon him. Instead of breeding the passion as the jealous do, he is infected with it though he is not asleep in the orchard it is poured into his ear. Othello confesses himself as “one not easily jealous, but being wrought perplexed in extreme.” Desdemona too believes that Othello is incapable of jealousy.
“My Noble Moor
Is true of mind and made of no such baseness.
As jealous creatures are.”
However, Othello burst forth with passion and jealousy. Hudson upholds the view that the elements of passion exist in the clearest and healthiest minds and maybe kindled in a transient way over them, jealousy is not the leading feature of Othello’s character much less his character itself.
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