How is the play a comedy and give 2 reasons why?

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Weird question. I think you may have the wrong play here, but I'm going to answer as if you've put this in the right spot.

The short answer is it's NOT a comedy.

Although Othello is certainly funny in spots and frequently ironic, it is not a comedy. It can't be. Comedys and tragedys may have similar plot complications, but a comedy invariably ends well. To qualify as a comedy, the protagonist (or some other central character) should experience a rise in fortune. In comedy, problems do not end in the death of characters we have become attached to; instead, issues are resolved, endings are happy and audiences go home smiling.

A tragedy , however, never ends well. It involves the downfall...

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