In Othello, why did Emilia give the handkerchief?
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Emilia gave the handkerchief to Iago for the simplest of reasons: she didn't realize how important it was going to be, and he was her husband (and she wanted to please him). However, this little piece of cloth became very important. Othello had originally given the handkerchief to Desdemona. Iago convinces Othello that Cassio gave it to Bianca, which convinces him that Cassio and Desdemona are having an affair. When the handkerchief's role in things is revealed in the final act, Emilia realizes all the manipulation Iago's done, and what a monster she's married to.
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