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Othello | Study Guide

William Shakespeare

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Othello | Act 2, Scene 2 | Summary



A short while later, a herald brings a message from Othello. There will be a feast to celebrate the destruction of the Turkish fleet and Othello's recent marriage to Desdemona: "It is Othello's pleasure ... /that upon ... the mere perdition of the Turkish fleet,/every man put himself into triumph: some to dance, some to make bonfires, each man to what/sport and revels his addition leads him. For besides/these beneficial news, it is the celebration of his/nuptial."


In an amazing occurrence, the storm Cassio was so worried about destroyed the Turkish fleet but allowed the ships from Venice to arrive quickly and safely. The Turkish invasion was important as a plot point, because it got everyone to the island of Cyprus. Now that they are all there, however, the Turkish threat is no longer important. So Shakespeare dispenses with it in a storm. Shakespeare doesn't worry too much about realism, and often relies on odd coincidences to move his plots forward or resolve inconsistencies.

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