Othello: Setting

  • Frames the action
  • Main settings:
    • Night v. day
    • Venice v. Cyprus
    • Public v. private

Venice and Europe is ‘civilised’, everything else is not.


  • Outside of the boundaries of ‘civilisation’, anything goes. The codes and practices of the natives are termed barbaric or uncivilised, and thus can be disregarded
  • In ‘civilised’ places like Australia, there is an established order and structured society
  • But once people leave ‘civilisation’ for ‘uncivilised’ places such as Bali, the expectations change.
  • There is no ‘civilised’ order, so people see fit to do whatever they want
  • Outside of Venice/Europe, i.e. Cyprus, anything goes.




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