Can you paraphrase this explanation regarding a quote from Othello in a simple way?  Othello has been appointed as a govenor of Cyprus, a newly conquered territoty, by the Venetians for whom he...

Can you paraphrase this explanation regarding a quote from Othello in a simple way?

 

Othello has been appointed as a govenor of Cyprus, a newly conquered territoty, by the Venetians for whom he has been a general commanding an army. This new rank of governor is great honour.By pointing out that his ancestors have held just a great rank. Othello is emphasizing that though his rank in Venetian society has been recently achieved and depends on his military exploits, within his own culture he is descended from leading families and is accounted one of the higher nobility and that he is not just a self made man.

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Paraphrasing a text, or an excerpt of a text (like a quote) is simply providing a restatement of the original text in question in simple language.

In order to paraphrase the explanation of the quote from Othello, one must simple say what it means in their own words. The easiest way to do this is, if one is looking to paraphrase a long passage, is to take it apart and look at individual sentences or phrases.

Therefore, a paraphrase of the explanation would look like this:

After holding a position of a Venetian general, Othello is given the title of governor of Cypress--which has recently been taken control of. Othello believes this title to be one of an honor given the titles held by previous family members. By stating that this is an honor, Othello is not simply basing his rise to power upon his military background, but given that being great is in his blood.

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