How are Desdemona, Emilia, and Bianca portrayed in Othello?  

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Desdemona and Emilia are both portrayed as loyal, loving women; dutiful wives who for the most part behave the way that society expects them to. However, there is a significant difference in that Desdemona, in choosing to marry a black man, has gone against her father's wishes. This shows us that Desdemona is a woman of spirit, whereas Emilia is much more conventional.

Emilia idolizes her evil husband Iago and allows herself to be used as a pawn in his wicked games. She trusts him implicitly, and is happy to go along with whatever he asks of her. However, when the full extent of Iago's villainy is revealed, Emilia bitterly turns against him, a brave action for which she pays with her life. Desdemona, on the other hand, goes to her death at the hands of Othello—literally—with an eerily calm degree of acceptance. Whatever Othello has put her through, whatever his suspicions and jealousies, she'll never stop loving him.

As a courtesan, Bianca is considered to be outside the bounds of...

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