What are the differences between Desdemona, Emilia and Bianca in their ideas about men and their relationships with their lovers?

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Desdemona's attitude toward men is arguably the most nuanced of the three. On the one hand, she defies her father and established convention in marrying Othello. On the other hand, she shows herself to be an intensely loyal, faithful wife to Othello, no matter how suspicious he gets, and no matter what he puts her through.

Initially, Emilia has an almost puppy-like devotion to Iago. She's being cynically used by her husband; she's an unwitting pawn in his wicked plot. Emilia carries out Iago's instructions to the letter, such as when she steals the handkerchief from Desdemona. She doesn't have the faintest idea why Iago wants her to do this, but she's so devoted to her husband that she doesn't even dream of questioning his motives.

Yet once Emilia finally becomes aware of Iago's plot and of the depths of his...

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