Why are Emilia and Bianca so important in Othello?

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Thematically, Emilia and Bianca are important to the play because they act as foils for Desdemona and her relationship with Othello.  Emilia is the worldly, cynical wife of Iago who thinks "Men are stomachs" who belch women when they are through with them.  Her ethics are relative, and she would cheat on her husband if the price were right.  Desdemona, however, is unconditional in her love for Othello; and quickly excuses his bad temper as a result of his work. She would not cheat on her husband "for the whole world."   

Bianca is Cassio's courtesan.  Even though Bianca and Cassio are obviously fond of each other, their relationship will never lead to marriage.  They are of two different classes.  Cassio's laughter at Iago's teasing him...

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