How are Emilia and Desdemona alike?

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Both Emelia and Desdemona are victims of public opinion. Emilia has her reputation destroyed when she is rumoured to have had a sexual relationship with Othello . Iago listens to the rumour and says that it doesn't matter whether she's actually done it or not--the rumour itself is enought to make him believe it is true. Desdemona similarily has her reputation destroyed. Othello believes her to have cheated because of rumour and innuendo, not because of anything that he actually sees Desdemona...

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