In what two ways is Othello a stranger in Venice?

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1.  He is a black man in a white man's world (Venice)

2.  He is a former Muslim in a Christain world

3.  He is a military man in a mostly civilian world

4.  He is an older man marrying a younger woman

5.  He is a former slave in a continent that will begin the slave trade (1600).

6.  He is married to the daughter of Senator Brabantio, who is a racist (he has nightmares that his daughter will be seduced by a black man)

Othello relates his story to the Duke and other Senators in Act I in order for them to condone the secret marriage.  It is an emotionally powerful story, and it wins their hearts.  He says:

Wherein I spake of most disastrous chances,
Of moving accidents by flood and field
Of hair-breadth scapes i' the imminent deadly breach,
Of being taken by the insolent foe
And sold to slavery, of my redemption thence
And portance in my travels' history:
Wherein of antres vast and deserts idle,
Rough quarries, rocks and hills whose heads touch heaven
It was my hint to speak,--such was the process;
And of the Cannibals that each other eat,
The Anthropophagi and men whose heads
Do grow beneath their shoulders.