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Analyse the character of Emilia. How is her relationship to Iago a foil to the main relationship of Othello and Desdemona?

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Amelie K�ster English A2 - Standard Literature essay - Othello Task: Analyse the character of Emilia. How is her relationship to Iago a foil to the main relationship of Othello and Desdemona? Emilia's character only comes out throughout the book, very slowly, part by part. She seems to be a very rebellious person who is not the most intelligent character of the play. She sort of relies more on her feelings and emotions. She is aware of the relationship between women and men, and plays an important role explaining these roles to Desdemona. This, for example, happens in Act IV, Scene III, Line 90-101, where Emilia talks to Desdemona about her and husbands in general. With her advises and comments Emilia illustrates a trusted friend of Desdemona and therefore plays an important role in the play. Emilia Why, we have galls, and though we have some grace, yet have some revenge. Let husbands know their wives have sense like them, they see, and smell, and have their plates both for sweet and sour as husbands have. What is it that they do when they change us for others? ...read more.


She first puts marriage in front of friendship, maybe because she thinks by doing this and putting Desdemona's relationship to Othello into danger, she can win Iago back.. Emilia and Iago have a much different relationship than Desdemona and Othello. Especially up to the point where Othello becomes suspicious of Desdemona. Whilst there is absolute no love between Iago and Emilia, Othello and Desdemona truly love each other. Especially when they are in Cyprus, these scenes show how much Othello has embraced Desdemona, and the two seem to be separate from the rest of the play's characters for a while, in their own world of innocent, joyful loving. But love is something new to Othello, still he seems so much to enjoy the present of Desdemona. He speaks with great delight of their first meetings at her fathers house. (Act I, Scene III, Lines 166-167) Othello She loved me for the dangers I had pass'd, and I lov'd her that she did pity them. Where as the love between Desdemona and its whole story is studied in depth, we hardly know anything about the marriage and a maybe once existing love between Iago and Emilia. ...read more.


Perchance, Iago, I will ne'er go home. And it goes on in Line 217: Emilia 'Twill out! 'Twill out. I peace! No, I will speak as liberal as the north; Let haven, and men, and devils, let them all, All, all cry shame against me, yet I'll speak. Iago Be wise and get you home Emilia I will not She tries to let out the absolute truth and stops defending Iago by saying that it was her that took the handkerchief and gave it to him, which was a great step and sort of a revelation that changed the play as it proved Desdemona not to be unfaithful. Emilia She give it Cassio! No, alas, I found it And I did give't my husband. For this, Emilia is stabbed by her husband, Iago. He must have had no little love for her to be able to kill her, a woman, that did not want more than truth and morality. She ends up dying next to her mistress Desdemona, singing the willow song that she was once told by Desdemona. Emilia - a woman that was blind of love and died in the realisation of being fooled by her husband and being part of an intrigue against her maybe only friend and mistress, she had never even thought of. Words: 1328 ...read more.

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