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Othello | Study Guide

William Shakespeare

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Act 2, Scene 2

Professor Bradley Greenburg of Northeastern Illinois University provides an in-depth summary and analysis of Act 2, Scene 2 of William Shakespeare's play Othello.

Othello | Act 2, Scene 2 | Summary



In this short scene, Othello sends a herald to announce that there will be a celebration to mark the destruction of the Turkish fleet as well as Othello's recent marriage. As the herald declares: "It is Othello's pleasure, our noble and valiant general, that, upon certain tidings now arrived, importing the mere perdition of the Turkish fleet, every man put himself into triumph ... For, besides these beneficial news, it is the celebration of his nuptial."


The military mission Othello leads comes to an anti-climactic conclusion when the storm sinks the Turkish fleet. This plot point fades as the Venetians arrive safely, with little to do now apart from celebrate their good fortune. Shakespeare clears the way for a test of Othello's skill in managing a peacetime garrison, as well as an exploration of how Othello and Desdemona's relationship will bear up under Iago's plot against them.

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