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