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by William Shakespeare

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Why might Shakespeare decided to set Othello in Cyprus? Cyprus is an isolated outpost of the Venetian trading empire. Why might Shakespeare decdied to set Othello mainly in such a place? (think about Iago's manipulaltion)  

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I also think that Shakespeare set his plays in exotic locations like Verona, Cyrus and other interesting places because he wanted to entertain and transport his audience. A good story is one thing, but a good story in a new place is better! This is also one reason why he made Othello a Moor.

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Iago may have more opportunity to manipulate Othello on Cyprus than in Venice. In...

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