The Downfall of Hero in William Shakespeare’s Othello The Moor of Venice (A Structuralism Approach)

Yuni Nur Rohmawati


This research is conducted to identify the downfall of hero in William Shakespeare’s Othello the Moor of Venice which is revealed through the intrinsic elements of the drama. It employs structuralism approach and applies the theory of wholeness to answer the problems statement. This research is descriptive qualitative research, which the data are divided into the main and secondary data. The main data or primary data of this research were taken from William Shakespeare the Tragedy of Othello the Moor of Venice, edited by Alvin Kernan (1963)  published by The New American Library. Meanwhile, the secondary data were taken from any sources that support the analysis of the data, both from books and online resources. Research on William Shakespeare’s Othello is focused on the downfall of Othello as reflected in the intrinsic aspects of the drama. The results show that Othello has flaws which lead to his downfall. Gullible and excessive in loving his wife are the flaws that produce jealousy. Finally, without knowing the fact Othello kills his wife, and he also kills himself after realizing the truth. The flaws of Othello are identified through plot, character, thought/theme, diction, rhythm, and spectacle.

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