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Analyse the dramatic techniques used in Othello's final speech "Soft you, a word of two...." from Act V of Othello.

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Othello as the tragic hero in Othello reveals one of Shakespeare's often used dramatic techniques - (Othello's) dramatic character. The audience is aware that it is now too late for the "honorable murderer"(V.ii.298)( a contradiction in itself) and is persuaded that, despite his shortcomings; being "one that lov'd not wisely but to well;" Othello's character is developed to its full potential. The fact that he fell victim to Iago's manipulating makes him all the more unfortunate and deserving of the audience's sympathies.  

Building on Othello's character, he is, in this speech, calm and accepting, even humble; the...

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