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Surname 1 Name Professor Course Date Female Characters in Othello Each of the three women Desdemona, Bianca, and Emilia in the play Othello have distinct symbolic roles. Desdemona is a loving and dutiful wife of Othello. This is a symbol of fidelity and purity. Emilia, Lago’s wife, represents assertiveness and frustration. Lastly, Bianca, a court prostitute represents ignorance and sin. Although Desdemona is a loving and dutiful wife, it later emerges in the play that she is adulterous and her husband Othello charges her for that. This means that Desdemona changes in the course of the play. Othello believed that his wife, Desdemona had a secret marital affair with his lieutenant, Cassio because of the witnessed wrongdoings by Lago. Desdemona vigorously defends Cassio from the allegations, but it later proved to be catastrophic for her since her husband killed her for the alleged unfaithfulness. Emilia is a much more conventional woman than Desdemona and idolizes her husband, Lago. Her husband is evil and uses his wife as a pawn in his wicked games. She is loyal and
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  • Spring '18
  • Othello, Desdemona, women Desdemona

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