Act 2 Scene 2

Synopsis of Act 2 Scene 2

Othello’s herald announces an evening of partying to celebrate both the defeat of the Turkish fleet and Othello’s own recent marriage.

Commentary on Act 2 Scene 2

This festival evening will give Iago the opportunity he needs to disgrace Cassio.

mere perdition – In Shakespeare’s day, ‘mere’ could mean ‘total/utter’. Perdition is a theological term meaning a state of eternal damnation i.e. the Turkish fleet is absolutely ruined
all offices – Places serving food and drink

Investigating Act 2 Scene 2

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