In Othello, is Othello the victim of his own demise?

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Othello occupies a contradictory position at the center of the play. He acts of his own free will, but he is very short-sighted and susceptible to others' suggestions. Iago drives the play's action and stirs things up whenever he sees the smallest opening for doing so. Othello's honest, blunt manner served him well on the battlefield and earned him many accolades. One of his biggest problems is his inability to recognize that being part of a couple requires a different skill set. He cannot successfully transition to civilian life or married life. His own demise is fatally tied to that of his wife. The poignancy of the ending inheres in his epiphany, which comes too late, that he—the great leader—has been led.

Othello is the victim of his own demise. First, he is the one who suffers the most acutely from the broken relationship with Desdemona.

Othello's demise comes when he falls for Iago's scheming and treachery and believes Desdemona is having an affair with Cassio. His loss of trust...

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