• Othello remains at a distance from much of the action that concerns and affects him.
  • We are never introduced to Othello at the start of the play, only be Iago's and Roderigo's description- this is very racist.
  • Othello is culturally and racially an outsider in Venice.
  • His skill as a soldier and leader is valuable and necessary to the state.
  • Othello may be seen as the protagonist in the play, however it could be argued that it is actually Iago.
  • The people of Venice look up to him to protect their country, he is valued and seen as a key part of Venetian society.
  • His relationship with Iago (antagonist) shows us that he values the people who he surrounds himself with e.g. making Cassio his lieutenant.

Development (Growth & change)

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  • Very calm, and collected at the start of the play, however, his behavior towards Desdemona changes because of rumors and the deceitful, Iago.
  • It is the tension between Othello’s victimization at the hands of a foreign culture and his own willingness to torment himself that makes him a tragic figure rather than simply Iago’s ridiculous puppet.
  • "The Moor" (1.1.57)
  • "The thick-lips" (1.1.66)
  • "An old black ram" (1.1.88)
  • "A Barbary horse" (1.1.113)




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