Othello Villain or Hero?

Othello Villain or Hero?Yoon Alex English 2

From Hero to Zero and Back Again In Shakespeare’s play Othello, the protagonist begins as a highly prestigious member of Venetian society but plunges into a spiral of jealousy and insecurity, losing both his credibility and his cherished fan. In spite of messing up from one folly to the next, however, Othello eventually displays qualities of a true hero. Although his actions grow progressively major and lastly even murderous, the pureness of his intentions is exposed through both his actions and speech. Even under the dangerous influence of a master dissimulator such as Iago, Othello’s

pure love and honor constantly fight with the lies he thinks to be real in his mind. Despite his setting in racist Venice, Othello has the ability to conquer the prejudice and show an aspect of his heroism through his noble disposition. Upon hearing Brabantio’s complaints about Othello illegally seducing Desdemona, the Duke of Venice, an extremely renowned member of Venetian society, straight addresses Othello’s rising above his bias by stating to Brabantio, “If virtue no delighted charm absence, Your son-in-law is even more reasonable than black “William Shakespeare, Othello Villain,

Act 1, Lines 290-291 In this same scenario we see Othello himself meeting these major accusations

of witchcraft with an incredibly calm and skillful manner, the way a hero ought to perform in a demanding situation. When he is approached by Brabantio and a group of high-ranking officers with drawn swords and flaming torches, he calmly states,”Keep up your brilliant swords, for the dew will rust them. Great signior, you shall more command with years Than with your weapons “William Shakespeare, Othello Bad Guy, Act 1,

Scene 2, Lines 58-61 The reader is impressed by not only the cleverness and wisdom showed by his action but likewise the poetic way with which he speaks, made even more pronounced when apposed with Brabantio’s coarse reply with,”

O thou nasty thief, where hast thou stow ‘d my daughter?”William Shakespeare, Othello Villain, Act 1, Scene 2, Lines 62-63 We also become aware of Othello’s heroic and noble character through other characters’accounts. Montano, an extremely esteemed soldier

from Cyprus, states, “I have served him, and the male commands Like a full soldier”William Shakespeare, Othello Villain, Act 2, Scene 1

, Lines 35-36 showcasing Othello’s even higher valor on the field. Even Iago, regardless of all his hate for Othello, begrudgingly compliments him by stating

that”The Moor is of a continuous, caring, worthy nature”

William Shakespeare, Othello Bad Guy, Act 2, Scene 1, Lines 292-293 Despite being consistently lied to by Iago, a man he believes is

entirely credible and honorable, Othello frantically clings to a pure vision of Desdemona. This

hope he holds of his better half’s innocence is unreasonable when held against all the circumstantial evidence provided by Iago, but this illogicality further showcases Othello’s practically undeviating faith in Desdemona, a very well noble attribute. In the throes of his rage, Othello’s jealousy wracks him with headaches and fits of epilepsy instead of heartache. It is as if he believes on an emotional, unconscious level that Desdemona is innocent in spite of the claims of his logical mind. When Othello approaches Desdemona with the intent to throttle her, at the height of his jealousy and resentment, he describes her skin as “whiter than snow And smooth as significant alabaster” William Shakespeare, Othello Villain, Act 5, Scene 2, Lines 4-5 symbols of pureness. He says “pluck thy rose”, or deflower, to explain eliminating her, recommending that in his mind he still associates her sins– and therefore following Christian beliefs protected her passage into Paradise– a difference that somebody who genuinely hated her would not

have bothered to make. He says,” I would not eliminate thy unprepared spirit, I would not kill thy soul”, revealing the necessary love he still bears for her

in spite of the adulteries she has “committed”against him. It can not be denied, however, that Othello murders Desdemona, which the act itself was the reverse of heroism. As effective as his love for Desdemona is, his terrible flaw of jealousy and insecurity, whether due to his racial inability or lacking in appeal compared to her other”suitors “, proves to be even higher and clouds his judgment. In Othello’s defense, he thinks that his spouse is shamefully pernicious rather than unwaveringly faithful, and although he murders Desdemona

, he does it with the intent of attempting to do excellent. Before throttling her, Othello states to himself,”Yet she needs to pass away, else she’ll betray more men”William Shakespeare, Othello Villain, Act 5, Scene 5, Lines 18-19 and then”If you bethink yourself of any crime Unreconciled yet to paradise, Solicit for it straight “William Shakespeare, Othello Bad Guy, Act 5, Scene 5, Lines 18-19 From these 2 lines Othello exposes that the driving force behind his actions is not harmful intent however rather an inner voice to cleanse both Desdemona and the world of her sins.

Vengeance is unquestionably likewise a part of the deed,

but it is exceeded by his desire to exonerate Desdemona of

her guilt by methods of her death. Upon hearing Desdemona’s pleads of innocence, which, in light of Othello’s misconceived state, all appear to be lies, he exclaims, “O perjured lady! thou dost stone my heart, And makest me call what I plan to

do A murder, which I believed a sacrifice “William Shakespeare

, Othello Bad Guy, Act 5, Scene 2, Lines 63-65 This statement shows that Othello’s outlook is not revenge however vindication, and also further exposes the depth of his love, in that even at the height of his conviction the strength of his love lends credence to the pleads of innocence that he logically”knows” to be lies. Initially light, Othello’s suicide does not seem to be a brave act. It opposes his Christian suitables, shatters his social reputation, and arguably nullifies any future opportunity he

could have had to compensate his criminal activity. Nevertheless in the last moments of his life Othello both ventures to redeem himself and likewise displays truly brave

qualities. Upon unveiling Iago’s treachery, Othello stabs Iago, then willingly surrenders his weapon, and in doing so at the same time allows the perpetrator of all the dispute to be recorded while showing that he is not acting not in his personal interest however to put an end to conflict, a perhaps generous and heroic performance. Prior to stabbing himself, he declares, “Where a malignant and turbaned Turk Beat a Venetian and traduced the state, I took by the throat the circumcised pet dog, And smote him, thus”William Shakespeare, Othello Bad Guy, Act 5, Scene 2, Lines 351-354 In this statement, Othello reveals himself as both the turbaned Turk and the one who smites him in penalty. In committing murder he resembles the Turk who does harm to the Venetian state. However Othello’s heroic quality is that he has the ability to take responsibility and see himself as the source of the strife, when it would have been definitely easier to move the blame onto the apparent villain. In punishing himself as the Turk, he becomes a martyr who passes away to rid the world of what he believes to be the real evil. It can even be said that he follows his

Christian perfects, in that he puts Iago’s life in the hands of the state, rather than identifying another man’s fate himself. And although his social

reputation is now in shambles, Othello says, “Why should honor outlive sincerity? For nought I carried out in hate, however all in honor”William Shakespeare, Othello Bad Guy, Act 1, Scene, Lines 243, 293 This declaration shows that as assidously as the Moor labored to cultivate his track record in the eyes of a society that viewed his race as inferior, he values the sincerity of his efforts to act nobly, both throughout the play and in his last acts, even higher. It can not be rejected that the criminal offenses Othello committed, on their own, were godawful. However what made Othello a brave character was the pure intent behind each of his actions, and the steps he required to atone for his criminal offenses. Although his actions were malignant, the driving easons behind them were not malicious. Although Othello was too naive in his evaluation of Iago, upon uncovering the reality he instantly recognized the folly of the destruction he had actually unknowingly wreaked, and compromised himself to guarantee nothing of the kind took place again, possibly realizing that in his unwavering innocence he could

be resulted in corruption once again. Such was the magnitude of Othello’s heroism that even at the conclusion of the play, after all his criminal activities had been laid bare, Cassio was shown to state,”For he was fantastic of heart”William Shakespeare, Othello Villain