In Othello, how do we know Othello's second speech of justification was effective?What makes it effective as a piece of language?  Act 1, Scene 3

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Othello constantly feels the need to justify and prove himself to the people of Venice, his adopted home country.

The tone of Othello's speech is sincere and his love for Desdemona is apparent during his speech defending his marriage. He talks so passionately about his conquests and

of the Cannibals that each other eat, / The Anthropophagi, and men whose heads/ Do grow...

enthralling his audience. He is most likely many years older than Desdemona, is a foreigner and admittedly not as eloquent as other suitors and yet Desdemona still fell for him.

Brabantio tries desperately to convince Desdemona's father that Othello used

spells and medicines

to ensnare Desdemona  but Othello’s

“round unvarnished tale” of how he sincerely won Desdemona’s love and affection

is enough to convince even her father of Othello's good intentions:

I think this tale would win my daughter too.

Even Desdemona is convincing in her argument when confronted by her father as to whom she

owes obedience

and Brabantio cannot pursue any argument regarding Othello's purported 'witchcraft.'

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