- 1 Why is Cyprus significant in Othello?
- 2 What do the people of Cyprus think of Othello?
- 3 What happens in Cyprus in Othello?
- 4 Why do the Venetians and Ottomans both want Cyprus?
- 5 What do Venice and Cyprus represent in Othello?
- 6 Why does Cassio kiss Emilia?
- 7 Why is Iago mean to his wife?
- 8 Why does Othello fall in love Desdemona?
- 9 What happens to the threat of a Turkish invasion of Cyprus?
- 10 What do Othello and Desdemona do when they meet each other in Cyprus?
- 11 Why is Iago jealous of Othello?
- 12 Why did Venice want Cyprus?
- 13 Is Othello a Turk?
- 14 Is Iago a Turk?
Why is Cyprus significant in Othello?
Ironically, Cyprus was also revered as the birthplace of Venus Aphrodite, the goddess of love, who was reputedly born in ocean foam and washed ashore near Nicosia. Inspired by this amorous deity, Cyprus provides the perfect location for Iago to convince Othello of his wife’s sexual infidelity.
What do the people of Cyprus think of Othello?
1) What do the Cypriots think of Othello? 1) The Cypriots perceive Othello by means of a “worthy governor” (line 32) and also provide him with great respect. 2) They make him seem like a larger man rather than a smaller one because they constantly boast about him, talking about how wonderful he is.
What happens in Cyprus in Othello?
When Othello is sent from Venice to defend Cyprus from the Turks, Desdemona sails to join him, in the safekeeping of Iago and his wife, Emilia. A storm disperses the Turkish fleet, ending the threat to Cyprus, and Othello is quickly reunited with Desdemona on the island.
Why do the Venetians and Ottomans both want Cyprus?
The Venetians profited from the island’s production of exports like sugar, cotton, and wine, and they had a longstanding arrangement with Egyptian rulers who protected Venetian interests on the island from Ottoman invaders. Cyprus therefore became the natural focus for subsequent Ottoman expansion.
What do Venice and Cyprus represent in Othello?
In Othello, Venice symbolizes patriarchal rationality, while Cyprus symbolizes passion that runs unchecked.
Why does Cassio kiss Emilia?
Cassio welcomes Desdemona and Emilia—flirtatiously kissing Emilia. Iago quips that if Emilia would kiss Cassio’s lips as deftly as she whips him (Iago) with her tongue, Cassio would be over her quickly. As Iago mocks his wife for being a nag, Desdemona tries to defend her. Desdemona then asks Iago his opinion of women.
Why is Iago mean to his wife?
Iago’s attitude towards his wife is proprietorial and controlling. Iago is suspicious that Othello has cuckolded him, and dislikes the courtesy Cassio shows Emilia when she first arrives in Cyprus. Iago is jealous not because he loves Emilia, but because he feels his own position is being threatened.
Why does Othello fall in love Desdemona?
By his own admission, Desdemona fell in love with Othello’s bravery and for surviving many sorrows and tribulations. She pities his past. Othello, in turn, loves the fact that she admires him. From his point of view, he has a loving, obedient wife who admires his ability to endure dangers.
What happens to the threat of a Turkish invasion of Cyprus?
What happens to the threat of the Turkish invasion of Cyprus? The turks are destroyed by a storm before they could even get to Cyprus. Montano was glad because he believes Othello is worthy & able to govern Cyprus.
What do Othello and Desdemona do when they meet each other in Cyprus?
Othello arrives safely and greets Desdemona, expressing his devotion to her and giving her a kiss. He then thanks the Cypriots for their welcome and hospitality, and orders Iago to unload the ship. All but Roderigo and Iago head to the castle to celebrate the drowning of the Turks.
Why is Iago jealous of Othello?
Iago felt that Othello was not suitable to be in charge and wanted it for himself. Iago was so jealous that he didn’t care who died as long as he got what he wanted. He wanted Othello to suffer so bad, he murdered his own wife after she told everybody that Iago was behind everything.
Why did Venice want Cyprus?
The Venetian desire for Cyprus was inspired mainly by profit. The Venetians saw Cyprus primarily as a military base. Anticipating conflict, they undertook an ambitious plan of fortification.
Is Othello a Turk?
When, at the end of the play, Othello views himself as a Turk, he ratifies European perceptions of the treacherous and destructive Mus- lim Other at the same time that he draws the audience’s attention to the religion of the Other to which both Turk and Moor are historically and culturally linked.
Is Iago a Turk?
The scope of Iago’s interior void may be detected when we consider Iago’s ironic self-identification as a Turk.