Kings and Queens

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Discipline:
Social Studies
Subject:
History
Grade:
6,7,8,9,10,11,12

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Kings and Queens

Setting of OthelloVenice is the city in which William Shakespeare's Othello begins, and it is a rather unique city at this time, particularly in light of the themes found in the play.

......As one of the world’s leading sea powers, Venice was the center of commercialism and materialism and, therefore, corruption and conflict arising from avarice, social status, and fierce competition. Cyprus–as a strategically located island which yielded substantial harvests of olives, grapes and various grains–was much prized throughout its history.

Assyrians, Greeks, Egyptians, Romans, and Byzantines all fought over and occupied it. England’s King Richard I, the Lion-Hearted, conquered Cyprus in 1191 but later ceded it to the French. Venice seized the island in 1489 and in 1571 the Ottoman Turks brought Cyprus under its control.

Othello takes place in Venice (in northern Italy) and Cyprus (an island in the eastern Mediterranean about forty miles south of present-day Turkey). The time is between 1489 and 1571. It is interesting to note that Venice is the setting for both major Shakespeare plays dealing in part with racial prejudice, Othello and The Merchant of Venice. .

Name- Aaryan Manoj

Othello, in a glimpse


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