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The herald reads a proclamation declaring a night of general festivities to celebrate both the  destruction of the Turkish fleet and Othello's recent marriage. This short scene is occasionally combined with the scene that follows. Chiefly, it functions in  approximately the same way that a curtain is pulled in a modern theater to indicate the passing of  time. We know that the Turkish fleet has suffered "perdition," largely due to the "noble" and "valiant"  efforts of Othello, and that the rejoicing celebrates the military victory and also the general's recent  marriage. In short, the Moor has proclaimed a holiday to be held from five o'clock until eleven, during  which the soldiers and citizens can dance, make bonfires, or make "revels [however] his [addiction]  leads him" (6). Dramatically, this mood of merrymaking and celebration is a strong contrast to the tragedy that is 
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