Journal Eight: Oedipus to Othello

For those who missed Thursday's class, a draft of the second literature review is due in class on Thursday for response from book club peers. You may look into any of the poems or poets we worked with or any of the plays we have read or are about to read.

As with last week, we'll use what Aristotle wrote as a starting point. This is a pretty standard take on tragedy:

Tragedy is characterized by seriousness and involves a great person who experiences a reversal of fortune (Peripeteia), generally from good to bad because this induces pity and fear within the spectators. Tragedy results in a catharsis (emotional cleansing) or healing for the audience or character (who experienced catharsis is open to dispute) through their experience of these emotions in response to the suffering of the characters in the drama.

Based on this, and compared to Oedipus, how do you see Othello? Does he have the requisite qualities of a "tragic hero"? As you answer this, show how Othello is or is not like Oedipus, with specific examples illustrating your view on the two and how they are (not) necessarily noble enough to evoke our pity and fear with regard to their demise. Illustrate your discussion with passages from both plays that provide support for your view.

Having posted your thoughts, respond to at least two other journals and one response to your journal, for a minimum of three responses. Due date for the journal is midnight Sunday. Responses are due by midnight Tuesday.

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Bradley