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In Othello, what is Othello's tragic (fatal) flaw?

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In Othello, the audience is first introduced to Iago who is a manipulative character, admitting that "I am not what I am"(I.i.66) and making it clear to Roderigo that he will "serve my turn"(42) upon the unsuspecting Othello. Othello believes that Iago is his most trustworthy and "honest" friend and therefore never doubts his integrity. As a brave and decorated soldier, Othello mistakenly believes in the valor and honor of any other soldier so it makes more sense to him to trust Iago rather than his beloved Desdemona.

Othello's fatal flaw, essentially his jealousy,...

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