Othello, Acts II-IV “The complications”. Terms Freytag’s pyramid Rising action Complication(s) Irony Hamartia vs. ‘tragic flaw’

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<ul><li><p>Othello, Acts II-IVThe complications</p></li><li><p>TermsFreytags pyramidRising actionComplication(s)IronyHamartia vs. tragic flaw</p></li><li><p>The action of a tragedy(Freytags Pyramid)</p></li><li><p>What are the sources of conflict in Othello?How do self-government and self-fashioning figure into the complications?How does Iago cause complications?How do the main plot and the sub-plot work together?</p></li><li><p>Whats the deal with the handkerchief?</p></li><li><p>How are women portrayed?Evidence for how Desdemona is portrayed Evidence for how Emilia is portrayed Bianca Vives, Education of a Christian Woman</p></li><li><p>What will bring about Othellos downfall?Tragic flawtheory that there is something in the hero that brings about her/his downfall. Implication is that its in her/his control to change this.Hamartia Aristotelian termthe weakness, error, misstep, bad judgment, or whatever that brings the hero down. Integral to his/her charactermay not necessarily be a bad thing but has a tragic result</p></li></ul>

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