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Matters between Brabantio and Othello have come to a head in this scene The conflict between the two regarding the marriage of Desdemona is being settled with what one could call a sort of informal trial with Desdemona called to speak before the Duke whom Brabantio has consulted This conflict takes place parallel to a wider one between the Venetian State and the Ottomans over the much spoken about Cyprus It could be said that the two conflicts mirror each other in a society like that of Venice at the time the Ottomans would have been regarded as uncivilized heathens Iago speaks at the beginning of fighting on grounds both Christian and heathen The attitudes of the main protagonists of the play is a racist and bigoted one with regard to Othello Roderigo refers to him as the thick-lips and Iago refers to him as a black ram tupping Brabantios white ewe Desdemona So the smaller and more personal conflict between Othello and Brabantio is mirrored and offset by the grander battle between the Ottomans and the Venetians Desdemonas speech is riddled with abstract nouns such as love and quality in reference to Othello She speaks of his honours and his valiant parts In this context her grand words are fitting in this atmosphere of high importance among the great nobles of Venice indeed the Duke himself Othello speaks after Desdemona He is proud and dignified and confident that he is indispensable to the Venetian State therefore the high and authoritative tone that Shakespeare chooses for him is fitting He says at the beginning of his speech Let her have your voice The monosyllables of this first line are striking It is a simple uncomplicated rude by Othellos admission request such a tone could only be accepted of a Moor in Venice with Othellos importance and stature When speaking of the matter of his marriage Othello refers to
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