Rich Venetian families didn't like the idea of a single family having control of the army or navy because this could lead to a grab of power.
For this reason, they preferred to appoint hired outsiders (mercenaries) to key military positions.
Using Cassio and another young man, Roderigo, as pawns in his game, Iago plants the idea in Othello's mind that Desdemona has been unfaithful, and incites Othello into a state of jealousy.
He plays on Othello's insecurity about his ethnic origins, age and lack of sophistication.
The tragic hero dies, but his endeavour to resist his negative emotions over the course of the action and the insight he gains reaffirms our faith in human nature. Overview The first act takes place in Venice, and the remainder is set in a seaport in Cyprus.
Inevitable death comes as a relief; we do not wish the hero to suffer any more. Othello, a noble black Moor, has spent his life as a mercenary soldier and is now a general in the army, serving the republic of Venice.But Othello successfully defends his actions, admirably supported by Desdemona.Almost immediately, he is ordered to Cyprus to fight off a Turkish invasion.Stimulated by Iago's constant insinuations, Othello flies into a volcanic rage and murders Desdemona by smothering her in her bed.Emilia reveals Desdemona's innocence, and Iago kills her." and describing himself as "one that loved not wisely, but too well".Othello the ousider In the late Middle Ages, the city state of Venice, known as the "queen of the seas", had reached the height of its power.In Shakespeare's play Othello, the Moor is general of the Venetian army.He has achieved this position on merit alone, and was not promoted through family connections or patronage. Describe how Iago uses facts to further unsettle Othello's emotional balance.Iago commands his wife, Emilia, Desdemona's maid, to steal an elaborately woven handkerchief given to Desdemona by Othello.Iago ensures that the handkerchief comes into Cassio's possession and that Othello sees Cassio with it.