William Shakespeare 's Othello, Desdemona, And Iago Essay

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In William Shakespeare’s play, Othello, there are many characters who have become well known in the world of plays and literature like Othello, Desdemona, and especially Iago. However, the character of Emilia adds depth to the overall story and the themes it conveys through her. In the story Emilia is Iago’s wife who comes with her husband to Cyprus, as per directions by Hamlet, and is placed as Desdemona’s servant. Emilia starts to develop a friendship with Desdemona and sticks with her when Othello starts to condemn her actions. The relationship between Desdemona and Emilia is very complex as they find comfort in each other while having very contrasting worldviews. While Desdemona is more of virtuous and charitable person, Emilia is deeply cynical about the world around her and doesn’t see anything through a filtered lens. This is evident through their conversation in Act IV, Scene III when Emilia is comforting Desdemona as she is worried about Othello’s anger towards her for thinking she supposedly cheated on him. Emilia tells Desdemona that she would cheat on her husband if it would give her a lot of money; this contrasts with Desdemona’s view that she should be loyal to her husband and would never do such a thing because it is a sinful act to do. Emilia’s response to this shows her unique, and even a progressive, personality as she says “Why, we have galls, and though we have some grace,/Yet have we some revenge. Let husbands know/Their wives have sense like them.…

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