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In Othello why does Shakespeare move the setting of the play to Cyprus?

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The Turks were the ultimate enemy of Venice and Cyprus at the time of Othello. This allows Shakespeare some licence to vary his plot a little and move the story from the safety of Venice to the unknown realm of Cyprus. Shakespeare has been known for moving the action of his plays- such as in Antony and Cleopatra it moves from civilized Rome to unrestrained Egypt. In A Midsmmer Night's Dream, the magical world outside the seat of logic and reason is chosen to conduct much of the action.  

News has come to the Duke that a turkish fleet is headed for Cyprus and it is therefore necessary to send an army to...

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