Othello as a Tragic Hero

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Othello - Tragic Hero

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Othello is full of important literary elements for students to explore. One of these elements is the tragic hero, a protagonist who seems to be ill-fated, and destined for doom. In this play, Othello is the tragic hero who leads himself and many others to their deaths.

The Greek philosopher, Aristotle, was the articulated the specific attributes or principles of a tragic hero. For the storyboard above, students can use a template to storyboard the qualities that make Othello, a tragic hero. The finished product outlines each of Aristotle's principles with a detailed explanation of the specific attributes.


Othello - Tragic Hero

ATTRIBUTEDESCRIPTIONExample from Othello
HamartiaHero's Flaw that Causes Downfall Othello’s jealousy becomes his downfall when he listens to Iago. He "lov'd not wisely but too well".
HubrisExcessive Pride Othello's hubris allows Iago to manipulate him. Through the seed of suspicion, Iago can convince Othello, without any proof, that Desdemona is cheating on him.
PeripeteiaReversal of Fortune Othello kills Desdemona after he believes that Cassio has slept with her.
AnagnorisisMoment of Critical Discovery Emilia exposes Iago’s plan.
NemesisFate that Cannot be Avoided Desdemona has been smothered, Othello kills himself from grief. Iago is sent away to be tortured.
CatharsisAudience's Feeling of Pity or Fear After the Hero's Fall The audience is left remorseful for the couple who was thwarted by jealousy and revenge.

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Create a storyboard that shows how Othello can be considered a tragic hero.


  1. Identify events of the play or characteristics of Othello that fit into Aristotelian attributes of a tragic hero.
  2. Illustrate examples for Hamartia, Hubris, Peripeteia, Anagnorisis, Nemesis, and Catharsis.
  3. Write a short description below each cell that specifically relates Othello as a tragic hero.
  4. Save and submit the assignment.

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