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How important do you think Venice is in the play Othello The first three scenes of Othello by William Shakespeare take place in Venice These first few scenes set the pace of the whole play therefore they hold the key to the importance of Venice in the play Othello The play opens in mid conversation under the cover of nightfall This indicates that in Venice there is some underhanded work taking place It is in fact two officers of the Venetian army talking about their General Othello in an extremely derogatory manner They intend to go to Senator Brabantios home and inform him of the recent marriage between his daughter Desdemona and Othello Do with timorous accent and dire yell Iago - one of the officers is no friend of Othello and secretly despises him He wants panic to take place and wishes to agitate Brabantio Whilst Brabantio has Othello as a trusted friend he does not wish his daughter to have a romantic relationship with him due to the detail that Othello is black and is effectively looks as though he belongs to a lower class Iago uses words to create images that Brabantio would find offensive an old black ram is tupping your white ewe and the devil will make a grandsire of you These are two of the images that Iago plants into Brabantios mind Racism is a subject explored in Othello from start to finish Othello himself a Venetian of royal birth has achieved his position within the Venetian army through his military prowess He had not been such a good warrior then it is unlikely that he would have achieved his rank due to the fact that his fellow Venetians are exceptionally racist A vast number of the characters try to use Othellos colour against him with the exception of Desdemona who sees Othello as a person not a colour Othello and Desdemona were married
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