Posted at 11.01.2018
To a certain amount, I agree with Albert Gerard`s interpretation of the character of Othello. Othello is offered as "credulous" in Work 3 field 3. Othello and Iago see Cassio parting from Desdemona rather than to the followers delight Iago says "ha, I love not that". That is probably one of the most significant lines in the field since it grabs Othello`s attention. Othello is easily connected and almost begging to listen to more about the alleged adulterous romantic relationship between Cassio and Desdemona, "I prithee talk with me personally", this undoubtedly portraits Othello as a gullible person, unable to let the "ruminate" of Iago run past him permitting jealousy obtain the better of him and quite quickly requires Iago`s plan. Once Othello is connected, he begins to lose his lovely way of speech and starts speaking with ideas of hemi-stichomythia, "very obedient. -Move forward you in your tears. -", this shows how psychologically rickety Othello can be. Previously in the play, Othello possessed used highly dignified terms especially when he makes his moving speeches confessing his love for Desdemona but this changes and he begins to speak in small speeches exhibiting how he's beginning to lose control. However, although I agree that Othello is "credulous", I believe Shakespeare have this deliberately since this is a Shakespearean tragedy that is based on Aristotle's theory of tragedy, which expresses that the protagonist must have a tragic flaw in any other case known as harmatia, which dramatises empathy and dread within the audience and because of this this is exactly what will eventually lead to his downfall.
Interestingly, in Function 3 landscape 3 Gerard's arguments is well justified, Othello commences to lose his "nobility" as Gerard argues. Before in the play he was shown as having all the virtues of the military leader that he's. As the audience, we start witnessing a respectable and "noble" character of Othello and end with a traumatised and vengeful Venetian moor. Action 3 landscape 3 is the turning point for Othello in this Shakespearean tragedy. Function 3 displays 3, commences with Iago needs to put his plan (the manipulation of Othello) to work. Iago`s plan is exactly what in turn destroys Othello's reputation and value to the idea which even Lodovico (Desdemona`s cousin) starts to think about if he "deceived" himself considering Othello was a "noble Moor" filled with "solid virtue" and emotionally unscathed. This undeniably facilitates Albert Gerard`s discussion of Othello lacking in "nobility" because even other characters around have seen. However, Othello shows nobility in Cyprus. This is actually the place where Othello has all the power and command and unsurprisingly demonstrates his consistency also he proves that he is well stationed for the post of military leader by leading his fleet to success above the Turks. Shakespeare successfully can be applied Aristotle's theory of tragedy in to the character of Othello. In my opinion, I particularly like just how Shakespeare has setup the play, where in fact the audience are always a step prior to the individuals and in increased knowledge. Shakespeare did this by using soliloquies. This means we can sympathise with the people because we realize they were unacquainted with the dangers when they had taken action. The remarkable effect this creates would be that the audience will have a great anticipation of how Othello will respond to Desdemona. In the same way, this foreboding strategy can even be shown in Trevor Nunn's film version of "Othello the moor of Venice", whenever a character talks directly to the audience away and undetected from the rest of that cast in order to put across his view or plan. In cases like this, it was Othello who spoke secretly to the audience undetected by Desdemona, whilst he was observing her sleep in Act 5 world 2. This system that Shakespeare uses increases the pressure in the audience especially when Desdemona seems to have no clue of what Othello is upset about further in the play when she amazing things "How am I false?" makes us commence to lose our beliefs in Othello as we realize she has done nothing wrong. This also links back to you directly into Aristotle's theory of tragedy. Aristotle argues a tragedy must contain certain required elements which make it inevitable. Considering it from Trevor Nunn's version of Othello, it shows inevitability as the audience experienced known of Iago`s harmful plan but there is nothing at all they could do to warn Othello. Othello's emotions also influence the increased loss of his nobility; this is also obvious in "The Arden Shakespeare" version of Othello by E. A. J Honingmann. Worthy of note, taking a look at the character of Othello contextually, when this play was written, men were generally expected to make certain that their wives were well mannered and behaved, this is unusual because Othello doesn't may actually have any control upon Desdemona, this might have been extremely peculiar to a Shakespearean audience nevertheless, it portrays Othello as an insignificant character rather than make him look noble. However, nowadays this is not the case, so the audience would not see this as a decline in Othello`s expert. All in all, I'd have to trust Albert Gerard on Othello shedding his nobility because all the above show Othello burning off his heroic physique and becoming a "credulous fool".
Albert Gerard argues that Othello lacks "intellect" weighed against other Shakespearean tragic heroes. I agree and disagree with Gerard's argument. I disagree that Othello is an intellectual tragic hero because I think Othello is an intellectual man to a certain degree. Othello every now and then speaks in iambic pentameters for occasion in Take action 2 arena 1. That is a method that Shakespeare often uses to sign when a figure is either stating something important but it addittionally shows intellect, power and nobility, because the audience get a sense of tempo and fluency within Othello's speech. It could be used to distinguish between classes or positions in hierarchy. For instance, when Othello speaks of his love for Desdemona, he talks in iambic verse. That is evident in Work 2 world 1:"Olympus-high, and duck again as low" whereas, when he speaks to Cassio and Roderigo post their fight, he talks in prose since he is aggravated that they would do such a thing. Likewise, iambic pentameter is also noticeable in Take action 3 field 3; when Othello got hooked to Iago`s conversation but spoke of supplying words "breath" teaching Iago to believe and prove his discussion before he speaks, besides, it also shows Othello living to his armed service mind by exhibiting morality. Furthermore, even the people around Othello realise that he speaks so eloquently. The duke earnestly admits Othello is fearless and striking considering what he has been through and just like he earned Desdemona's heart and soul his "tale would succeed" his "daughters heart too". Likewise, how Othello acts with style and elegance under hearth, when he is accused of witch build for being in a position to woo Desdemona's heart and soul. He elegantly neither screams nor yells, but talks about in a fashion that captivates not only the audience but even the Duke and Brabantio, and draws them directly into pay attention to his magnificent talk. Contextually, the fact that Othello is apparently for some reason or another intelligent would have been out of the ordinary to a Shakespearean audience because he was a Moor. However, nowadays this is typical because there is no longer a whole lot discrimination due to coloring of ones epidermis, if any by any means. But, this is argued looking at the BBC`s 1981 television set version of Othello by Jonathan Miller, where Welsh actor Antony Hopkins, a white man performed Othello, this is odd because Othello as we realize was a Moor, this might have been done to avoid disputes since there could have been endless synecdoche and recommendation to ones pores and skin colour. On the other hand, I concur that Othello lacks "intellect", because although he's the protagonist, he is easily lured into Iago`s plan showing him as a fairly easy to fleece personality rather than smart. Othello, almost all of the time is unaware of Iago`s manipulation, Shakespeare does indeed this deliberately both to extend the play and also add to the tragic flaw which will later destroy him. Charney agrees in that Othello is easily led and doesn't notice Iago`s destructive strategies: "Othello shares with all of Shakespeare's tragic protagonist's straightforwardness and too little suspicion that make him easily duped". As the audience, our judgment of Othello being clever starts to deteriorate. This is mostly because of soliloquies that Shakespeare uses so we commence to think about why he's not realizing, but we do not take into consideration that he's unaware of Iago`s plan although it is evident to us.
Othello is shown as devoid of any mixed emotions. Throughout the play he's either really pleased to the idea of love or really sad to the point of feeling vengeful; he never seems to have mixed thoughts. This facilitates Albert Gerard's argument on Othello being an "erring barbarian" because when he is sad he is packed with flame and merciless. This is shown when he is driven to the complete madness by the alleged affair between Cassio and Desdemona and he asks Iago "how shall I murder him". Othello`s emotions are also conveyed through imagery in his talk. Mainly the imagery portrayed to the audience is heaven and hell. Othello`s speech is mostly polarised between heaven and hell once he is in enraged, "heaven weep". This extremely effective terminology makes the audience gnash their tooth in terror. When Othello becomes angry; the imagery received by the audience is the contrast between heaven and hell over a biblical scope. Othello oath`s and swears on components of the planet earth, "marble heaven" as soon as infuriated he loses control of his talk which then becomes filled up with invocation "arise, dark vengeance" making him appear hysterical to the audience. The composition is important in changing the audience`s view of Othello. In Function 3 field 3, there are many exits and entries to the level. The actual fact that Cassio leaves as he soon as he patches Othello and Iago walk in and vice-versa, increases the success of Iago`s manipulation, it is because Othello becomes convinced that Cassio strolled away in some guilt as though he had done something wrong. As the audience we live sure this isn't true and find out Othello as foolish for believing Iago`s destructive rumour. This all demonstrates how much Othello`s jealous emotions undermine him as a tragic hero but enhance Albert Gerard`s discussion that he was an "erring barbarian".
Although Othello comes with an epileptic fit, I believe Othello is very fit to be always a perfect tragic hero predicated on Aristotle's theory of tragedy. Aristotle argues a tragic hero have these characteristics: (1) be considered a nobleman, prince, or person of high real estate; (2) have a tragic flaw, and a weakness in judgment; and (3) show up from high to low property. I believe Othello is the perfect tragic hero because being a military leader provides him high status. He has a tragic flaw also called harmatia that triggers the catastrophe. In conditions of Othello, his tragic flaw is his jealousy which catalyses Iago`s manipulation as well as dropping from a higher military leader with an unrecognised status. In agreement, A. C. Bradley thinks that Othello is, "a almost faultless hero whose durability and virtue are turned against him". However there are a few critics such as Albert Gerard that disagree with Charney and Bradley. But overall, I believe there are things that produce Othello a "credulous fool" and on the other palm, a "tragic hero", this is excatly why I really do not trust Albert Gerard because Othello is not really a one-sided character, he has his good factors and bad details. For me, Othello is the most thrilling and suspense done of most four of Shakespeare's great tragedies.