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Background to Othello
Based on a true story
Set in Venice, Italy
At that time, Venice was a city-state, ruled by a Duke
Laws were also made by a body of senators
The military was run by a General [Othello]
The General’s second in command was a lieutenant [Michael Cassio]
The General’s personal servant and third in command was called an Ancient (pronounced “en-sin”) [Iago]
Othello is a Moor [a native of North Africa, usually a Muslim]
Othello, once a slave, has been accepted into Venetian society and has converted to Christianity
As the play begins, Othello has just eloped with Desdemona, the daughter of a senator named Brabantio
By William Shakespeare
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