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What is Othello's fatal flaw?

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One could argue that Othello's tragic flaw is his jealousy , which results in his terrible decision to murder Desdemona at the end of the play. Iago manipulates Othello into believing that Desdemona is having an affair with the handsome Florentine lieutenant Michael Cassio. When Iago initially tells Othello about Desdemona's affair in act 3, scene 3, Othello demands proof, and Iago promises him that he can provide Othello with evidence. Othello then insists that he will not let jealousy interfere with his emotions towards Desdemona but instantly begins to second-guess her intentions and questions their relationship. Othello then reveals his low self-esteem by comparing his physical features and manners to the young lieutenant as he begins to resent Desdemona. Othello's jealousy impacts his perception, and he believes that he overhears Michael Cassio speaking...

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