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thrs0187 | Student, College Freshman | eNoter

Posted May 4, 2010 at 7:22 AM via web

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How does Montano react to the news that Othello is about to take his place as governor of Cyprus in Othello?

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mstultz72 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted May 4, 2010 at 7:42 AM (Answer #1)

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In Othello, Act II, scene ii, Montano welcomes Othello as his replacement:

I am glad on't; 'tis [he is] a worthy governor.

He has had good news on this day of his retirement: the Turkish fleet, enemies to the city-state of Venice, is sunk and defeated.  The island Cyprus is in the good hands of the Venitian army.  He had no doubt been nervous of the threat of an impending invasion from the Turks.

Contrary to Iago, Montano is not jealous of the Moor.  He even hangs around and drinks with some of his men.  He does take exception to getting stabbed by the drunk Cassio, but other than that, he welcomes his civilian life.

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