How to Write a Summary of an Article? After the peripetia, the anagnorises follows; this is where the hero attributes his downfall to his weakness or flaw. Since it is Iago who influences Othello into killing Desdemona that means Othello does not have a hamartia but instead confirms that Iago is very manipulative. I like not that.
I also do not think that Iago played much in the downfall of Othello, though his presence didn't help. Shakespeare uses a particular theme throughout many of his works, especially the tragedies. This is the idea that femininity in society should be quelled, or not allowed to flourish, especially the feminine part of males.
Because of this idea, many males especially the dominant characters exhibit the trait of the absolute male, meaning that they are only interested in power, privilege, and wholeness. If one of these things is taken away, then they must immediately retaliate in order to take it back or to regain their reputation.
Because of the homo-social order, Othello is unable to allow Desdemona's testimony to carry any measurable weight. He believes that her accused actions are enough to convict her of adultery.
Therefore, because he feels he has had a part of his reputation marred by being made a cuckold, he must retaliate.
He believes that the only way to do this would be to kill Desdemona. However, his true downfall comes at the end, when he realizes his mistake in that his wife was innocent. Yet he is unable to remove himself from the absolute male role. He has become so ingrained in this idea of society that he is unable to tear himself away from it.
Therefore, the only way that he can see to get out of this situation is to kill himself. There are many different readings that can be taken from this story. I like the idea that his own psychological tyranny and that of the society is to blame for his destruction.
It is also this same idea that Shakespeare asks us to question in "As You Like It" and "The Winter's Tale", yet the characters in these plays seem to be able to change their subjectivity. This is not true with Othello, and it is this that is his downfall.Start studying othello act 4.
Learn vocabulary, terms, and more with flashcards, games, and other study tools. Othello realizes his weakness is jealousy. Desdemona does not blame Othello even as she is dying. true. Iago tells Roderigo to kill. The age of the two characters plays a role in who is to blame for the downfall of each.
The personality of each differed, Oedipus being more selfless and Othello more selfish. Oedipus looked to his people and to the gods, Othello looked to his own strength. It all works.
Othello gives in to his fears and his natural jealousy and he kills the woman he loves.
Most blame Iago for his barbarous behaviour, however Othello could also be blamed because he left it all onto Iago and didn’t handle the situation himself. Othello interrogates Emilia about Desdemona’s behavior, but Emilia insists that Desdemona has done nothing suspicious.
Othello tells Emilia to summon Desdemona, implying while Emilia is gone that she is a “bawd,” or female pimp (kaja-net.com 21). When Emilia returns with Desdemona, Othello sends Emilia to guard the door. Another weakness of Othello is his lack of trust in his wife.
He tries to persuade himself that Desdemona is faithful by saying, " For she had eyes and chose me. It can be said that Iago's jealousy alone is to blame for the tragedy as it is the driving force of all the chaos as a result of his manipulation and deception of characters in the.
Blame the devil all you want, but look no further than human weakness, greed and vanity for the real reasons why evil yet exists. POSTSCRIPT: It bothered me why Desdemona persists in her sense of blame and guilt even as she’s being murdered by her husband.