Othello

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Duke of Venice Character Analysis

The official authority in Venice, the Duke has great respect for Othello as a military man and, unlike the other residents of Venice, does not betray any racial prejudice against Othello and, in fact, is unsurprised that Desdemona fell in love with him. It is the Duke who sends Othello to lead the Venetian mission to defend Cyprus against the Turks.
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Duke of Venice Character Timeline in Othello

The timeline below shows where the character Duke of Venice appears in Othello. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Act 1, scene 2
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The men turn out to be Cassio and servants of the Duke of Venice, sent to bring Othello to meet with the Duke regarding an urgent military... (full context)
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...up their arms, and informs Brabantio that he has been called to meet with the Duke on state business. Brabantio decides to accompany Othello to the Duke and air his grievance... (full context)
Act 1, scene 3
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The Duke of Venice meets with his senators about a Turkish invasion of Cyprus. They manage to... (full context)
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...potions so that she would marry a man she would never otherwise have considered. The Duke promises to help Brabantio prosecute the man who has seduced Desdemona, but when he learns... (full context)
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...dramatic tales of travel, battle, and valor. These stories, Othello says, won Desdemona's love. The Duke comments that he thinks his own daughter might be won over by Othello's story. (full context)
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As discussion turns back to fighting off the Turks, the Duke says that Othello must go to Cyprus to lead its defense. Though the Duke at... (full context)
Act 4, scene 1
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Just then, Desdemona enters with Lodovico, an envoy who is carrying orders from the Duke of Venice that Othello is to return to Venice and leave Cassio behind to govern... (full context)
Act 4, scene 2
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...Desdemona by the following night. He then tells Roderigo about Cassio being promoted by the Duke to take Othello's place as defender of Cyprus. But he adds a lie: that Othello,... (full context)