The Setting Of Othello By William Shakespeare Essay

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Marcus Kopp
Mr. Vetter
AP English Literature
October 16, 2015

The setting of Othello is crucial for the reader to better understand when the play is in a state of order or chaos. The play Othello takes place in both Venice, Italy and an island right off of Italy called Cyprus. In Venice, Italy, the play is set to be a city where everything in the play is ordered and when the play is set on the island of Cyprus, it is said that the play is in a chaotic state. William Shakespeare’s 1604 poem “Othello” demonstrates how Shakespeare uses the conventional poetic form to show how the main character, Iago’s villainy and how it enhanced his work.
Iago is the antagonist of the play “Othello.” The reason why he enhances the play as a villian is evident when Othello chooses Cassio to be the new lieutenant rather than Iago. Iago says this about Cassio, “One Michael Cassio a Florentine…That never set a squadron in the field, Nor the division of a battle knows More than a spinster; unless the bookish theoric,” (Othello 752). Iago starts by saying that Cassio has never stepped foot in a war setting. Iago believes he should have gotten the position over Cassio because Cassio only knows what he knows about being a lieutenant from what he has learned in his readings and also, Iago has served in Othello’s Venetian army. It was Iago’s job to have, but it was taken from his fingertips by Cassio, given to him by Othello. That is the reason why Iago has a deep passion to ravage Othello’s…

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