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Name: Breena Welsh Setting the Stage Knowledge of the social and class structure within Othello is essential to analyzing the characters and their motivations from a Marxist perspective. The social hierarchy, which senators and their families presided over, was divided into basic groups according to wealth (land, education, and resources), familial ancestry, and occupation. The categories of this hierarchy are: Upper Class: Political, judicial, and economic rule was consolidated in the comprehensive rights and responsibilities firmly retained by a few ruling noble families of the senators, called Signori. These families not only made and enforced all the rules of society and government, patronized the arts, and contributed to the church, but they also maintained personal armies to enforce social order, defend the city, and support their elite positions. Middle Class: The middle classes had varying degrees of wealth gained through enterprise. It is

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