Othello Context

An overview of the context of Othello

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  • Context
    • Venice 16th Century
      • 1571- Lost and never recovered
      • Fall of the rule over the mediteranian
        • Important strategic place, edges of Europe; loss of Power
        • Last outpost of christianity
    • Jacobean Society
      • Women
        • Prostitutes
        • Wife and Mother
          • Fallen women -> pregnant before marriage
        • Property of father, then husband
        • dowry to family of man - mitgift
        • powerless, bunden to family
      • Men
        • Dictated everything
        • Political Force
        • Military strenght . Othello
      • Emerging Merchant Power
      • Love - irrational force to have, not acceptable
      • Marriage within class - under no circumstanceto a moor
        • The Moors
          • Queen Elizabeth “full diplomatic recognition” for conquering spain 1601
          • sexually overactive, prone to jealousy, generally wicked
          • whiiteness-> purity, blackness-> moral corruption
      • Military
        • within military trust is crucial, otherwise Othello wouldn't have trusted Iago
    • The Moors
      • Queen Elizabeth “full diplomatic recognition” for conquering spain 1601
      • sexually overactive, prone to jealousy, generally wicked
      • whiiteness-> purity, blackness-> moral corruption

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