Explain how Othello and the others learn the truth about Iago. And why does Othello look down at Iago's feet in act 5?

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Othello and the others learn the truth about Iago from Emilia when she tells them that Desdemona never gave her handkerchief to Cassio. Emilia reveals that, in fact, she herself found Desdemona's handkerchief and gave it to Iago, not knowing what he was going to do with it. She says,
No, alas, I found it
And I did give ’t my husband.
At this point, it is obvious that Iago planted the handkerchief to make it look like Cassio and Desdemona were having an affair. Although Iago calls his wife a liar and stabs her, it is too late. As Emilia is dying, she confirms to Othello that...

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