What is the significance of Bianca's character in Othello?

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Bianca is used by the conspirators in the play as a means to sabotage Cassio, both by undermining his character and by attempting use the affair to assassinate him. Bianca is treated on several layers as a mere object and means to an ends by the men in the play. Cassio does not truly respect Bianca and treats her only as a secret that he intends to keep hidden. He is generally seen as honest, but his secret affair obviously undermines this honesty and taints his character, especially in the eyes of a mostly monogamous society. Iago and Roderigo attempt to use the affair to assassinate Cassio. The plan, however, fails. Additionally, Bianca is...

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