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William Shakespeares Othello is a play set in Venice The plot is based on a story about two people who love each other dearly and the problems and conflicts they face from the start The conflicts are for the most part tied in with racial issues and questions of loyalty These conflicts stem from the society around the couple as well as from the couple themselves as they too are part of this society but with very different backgrounds The female protagonist is the daughter of a highly-respected Venetian senator Brabantio Othello--also known as the Moor--is a foreigner black in colour has a past filled with tragic and exotic tales and has proved himself worthy of the title General in the Venetian army Even before we as an audience have had a chance to meet Othello and Desdemona we learn that the match is considered as disgusting as it is outrageous From the very beginning everyone and everything seem to work against them but in the hope that love will conquer all we do not allow ourselves to despair as yet And indeed the first act proves us right After having explained why they love each other the world seems to accept this alliance But Brabantios comment tells us that everything is not all right Iiii293-4 Look to her Moor if thou hast eyes to seeShe has deceived her father and may thee By disobeying her faher Desdemona has shown herself able to betray the person she is supposed to love and--according to Venetian norms--obey The phrase look to her suggests several things that Desdemona needs to be watched closely in other words she cannot be trusted or that Othello should notice what a deceiver looks like and lastly if Othello looks at her he may find that she is not as fair as he thought--the opposite of fair being black Desdemona has actively sought to alienate herself from the other
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