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    • Venice
      • In literature associated with tight plots and loose women  [courtezans]
      • Sexual Country
        • infamous Venetian courtesans
          • allows audience to experience erotic country
        • "Italy alone hath jealous husbands", biggest fear was them being cuckolded - foreshadow what Iago's plan will involve
        • Byword for exotic vices and unbridled passions
          • Venice
            • In literature associated with tight plots and loose women  [courtezans]
            • Sexual Country
              • infamous Venetian courtesans
                • allows audience to experience erotic country
              • "Italy alone hath jealous husbands", biggest fear was them being cuckolded - foreshadow what Iago's plan will involve
              • Byword for exotic vices and unbridled passions
              • wall street of the time. "powerful city state" respected by East and West nations.
                • competitive environment, obsessed w/money - betrayal inevitable, to get to the top. Not as virtuous as it appears. Setting reflects Iago.
                  • Iago doesnt love either likewise to how Venice doesn't love just sexualises
          • wall street of the time. "powerful city state" respected by East and West nations.
            • competitive environment, obsessed w/money - betrayal inevitable, to get to the top. Not as virtuous as it appears. Setting reflects Iago.
              • Iago doesnt love either likewise to how Venice doesn't love just sexualises
          • Cyprus
            • less civilised and controlled compared to Venice
              • so characters able to exercise far less restrained life
                • Due to there being less rules, Iago can enact and getaway with plan
              • Desdemona is less protected and thus more vulnerable
            • lots of merchants, traders = very chaotic. reflects the chaos to come in the play
          • setting change represents the change in Iago's charc
          • change in characters relationships also. Change in characters' perceptions of each other.
            • setting change represents the change in Iago's charc

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