In what way does Emilia’s role develop in Othello?

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At the start of the play, Emilia appears to be subservient and manipulated by her husband, Iago, but by the end she has gained in self-confidence and has seen him for the villain he is; finally, she denounces him and reveals his evil to the world. Initially, Emilia does what Iago bids her, despite his lack of warmth to her. Although she feels guilty, she steals Desdemona’s handkerchief for Iago to use as evidence of Desdemona’s infidelity. The audience can understand that Emilia simply wants to...

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