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The Valor Of Othello Essay

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The Valor of OthelloByEnglish E7X-02Ms. Doherty15 December 2002According to the American Heritage Dictionary a hero is: 1. In mythology and legend, a man celebrated for his bold exploits. 2. A person noted for feats of courage or nobility of purpose. 3. A person noted for special feats in a particular field. 4. The principle male character in a literary work (The American Heritage dictionary, p.392). This concludes that anyone can be a hero as long as they have these common traits.Othello, a general in the Venetian army is the hero in William Shakespeare's play Othello. He is a moor who worked his way to the top. He is praised for his abilities although he is black. This occurred despite the ...view middle of the document...

.....your knees."(P.65 Act 2 Sc. 1 line 82). He talks of Othello as the great captain's captain because he admires him that much. He is also telling Montano to respect him.Although Othello is very heroic at the beginning, it seems like he is becoming less and less heroic as the play progresses. You cannot blame Othello for this thought. Is it wrong to trust a beloved friend? After all, poisonous Iago is a person in which Othello completely trusts. This can be verified because when Othello set out to Cyprus, he placed Desdemona, his wife, in Iago's boat. This shows that he trusts Iago even more that any other character in this play. Even the literary critic H B Wallace agrees with this. He says "Othello's downfall was lead by his unwavering trust in Iago". (Banton p. 363). For those of us still in doubt, another example in which Iago exploited Othello was when he managed to get Cassio fired. Othello doesn't seem very heroic to the audience at this point. But if you were in his place, would you not have fired Cassio based upon what was said by your trusted friend, Iago and another gentleman, Montano who happens to be an official.Through out the play, the actions which caused Othello to act non-heroic were the results of evil seeds planted by Iago. Although many people in the audience had a sense ofhate towards Othello at the end of the play, it was also influenced by Iago. These were seeds planted in the audience's minds during Iago's soliloquies. If the audience had completely trusted Iago and never heard any of his soliloquies or the parts which they heard were only said by Iago when Othello was beside him, then...

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