What do Act, Scene, Tragedy, and Tragic Hero mean in Othello?

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William Shakespeare's tragedy Othello, like most of his plays, is divided into five acts, with between two and four scenes per act.

The nature of the tragedy in Othello derives from the jealousy and mistrust Iago instills in Othello.  Othello's jealousy leads him to kill Desdemona, bringing about much of the tragic action.  It is also tragic in the sense that Othello is brought to commit such an action, specifically through the words and actions of another.

The definition of a tragic hero is a hero who possesses a tragic flaw, often bringing about his downfall.  Othello's jealousy certainly serves as his tragic flaw.  No matter how honorable his intentions, his jealousy will always win out, as Iago discovers and uses to his advantage.  Othello's jealousy brings him to kill Desdemona, and ultimately effect his downfall.  In this sense, Othello is a tragic hero.

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