Othello Context

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  • Othello Context
    • Courtly Love
      • Allowed knights and ladies to to show their admiration outside of marriage
      • A courtier devotes himself to a noble women who is usually married
      • Medieval and Rennaisance
      • Queen Elizabeth expected the courtly love tradition. She expected 'flattery, gifts and words of love'
      • Set rules
        • 'Jealousy and therefore love are increased when one suspects his beloved'
        • 'He who is jealous cannot love'
          • Othello
            • 'Jealousy and therefore love are increased when one suspects his beloved'
        • A man who is vexed by too much passion usually does not love
    • The Moor
      • 'Moor' is derived from the name of Mauritania but was used to refer to North Africans, West Africans.
    • Macchiavelli
      • Niccolo Machiavelli was an Italian philosopher and poet
      • The ends justifies the means
        • Obsessed with goals
      • Considered an almost satanic figure in Elizabethan England
      • Iago
      • (an) a term used to describe someone whose sole purpose is to manipulate and corrupt others for their own gain
        • "Puppet Master"
    • 16th Century Venice
      • Italian Rennaisance
      • The Ottoman conquest of Constantinople in 1453 signelled dthe start of the decline of Venice
      • Turkey invaded Cyprus in 1570
      • Symbolic of law and civilization
      • Renowned for courtesans (prostitutes)
  • Stereotypes
    • 'Villains' or 'devils'
    • Prone to jealousy
    • Sexually overactive
    • Moral corruption and sin
    • The Moor
      • 'Moor' is derived from the name of Mauritania but was used to refer to North Africans, West Africans.

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