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Othello and Death Knocks

This assignment is “The character Death (Death Knocks) and the character Othello are both defeated. This occurs because each character has a flaw. Name the flaw for each character and explain how it allows the character to make the choices that end in his downfall. Give specific examples from each play”.

Here is a link to “Death Knocks” by Woody Allen: http://www.scribd.com/doc/81124508/Death-Knocks

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Othello’s character flaws are jealousy, fear and revenge. Othello is also very insecure because of his age, his life as a soldier, and his race. Iago used to twist his love for his wife, Desdemona, into a powerful and destructive jealousy. Othello is persuaded by what Iago has said, and it’s clear the seed of suspicion has been planted. Iago tells Othello that he hopes he hasn’t ruined his day. This is the trickiest, most dastardly bit of all, because he totally hopes he has ruined Othello’s day.
In “Death Knocks” Death is an awkward, clumsy character, who stumbles into the room. In both his actions and his lines, Death acts more as the comedic relief to the often dark topic of death, with lines such as “What is wrong with you? You see the black costume and the whitened face? Is it Halloween? Then I’m Death. Now can I get a glass of water??”or a Fresca?”.
Death: “a somber, caped figure…wears a black hood and skintight clothes” He is middle-aged with a stark white face. He also resembles Nat in appearance.

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