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January 9, 2015 Emilia and Desdemona’s loyalty to their husbands In Shakespeare’s play Othello, we can see two important female characters who show love for their husbands with a focus on the issue of loyalty. Desdemona, the wife of the protagonist who is known as Othello, and Emilia, the wife of the antagonist Iago. Although they are both loyal to their husbands, we can contrast how both woman portray the theme loyalty. In Othello we can see how both woman want to satisfy their husbands. Desdemona is known for beauty, intelligence and caring personality. Throughout the play, Desdemona shows loyalty to her husband in many ways. In Act 1, Scene 3 Desdemona explains to her father that she owes him for giving her life and education. Now she is married to Othello. “My noble father, I do perceive here a divided duty. To you I am bound for life and education. My life and education both do learn me how to respect you. You are the lord of duty. I am hither to your daughter. But here’s my husband. And so much duty as my mother showed to you, preferring you before her father, so much I challenge that I may profess due to the moor my lord” (Shakespeare 1.3,182-191). Desdemona is clear that she will always be loyal to her husband. She explains her duty as a daughter and a wife. This shows us that she is loyal to her husband for eloping with him and going against her father. Secondly, In Act 4, Scene 2 Othello accuses Desdemona of not being faithful to him. He implies her as the devil and damns her to hell for lying. “ Your wife, my lord. Your true and loyal wife” ( Shakespeare 4.2, 35-36). In this scene,…...

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