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Othello is presented as a man who is well respected by the duke but who has taken liberties with the daughter another very important man in Venice. This has caused some trouble for Venice. Othello marries Desdemona, the man's daughter, without her father's knowledge. The father, Brabantio consdiers this kidnapping.
Othello however states his side of the story rationally and respectfully. He is honest in his discussion not denying any of the claims but rather stating why he is innocent of the allegations of kidnap and witchcraft. He tells the court that Desdemona and him fell in love and that no witchcraft was present in their courtship. Othello loses no dignity or respect at this time.
When Desdemona comes in, Othello is further characterized as a man who is adventurous and compelling in his ability to tell stories. He is heroic and won the heart of Desdemona fairly. In this way, the matter is settled and Brabantio loses his case.
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