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.
|ATTRIBUTE||DESCRIPTION||Example from Othello|
|Hamartia||Hero's Flaw that Causes Downfall||Othello’s jealousy becomes his downfall when he listens to Iago. He "lov'd not wisely but too well".|
|Hubris||Excessive 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.|
|Peripeteia||Reversal of Fortune||Othello kills Desdemona after he believes that Cassio has slept with her.|
|Anagnorisis||Moment of Critical Discovery||Emilia exposes Iago’s plan.|
|Nemesis||Fate that Cannot be Avoided||Desdemona has been smothered, Othello kills himself from grief. Iago is sent away to be tortured.|
|Catharsis||Audience'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.|
Grade Level 9-12
Difficulty Level 3 (Developing to Mastery)
Type of Assignment Individual or Partner
Type of Activity: Tragic HeroCommon Core Standards
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Create a storyboard that shows how Othello can be considered a tragic hero.
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