Othello Imagery and Symbolism

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  • Iago
  • Desdemona
  • Othello
  • Interestingly Iago is the only major character who makes frequent and repeating references to Greek mythology, as opposed to Christianity, this could be tied into the idea that the Greek gods, like Iago tend towards bitter pettiness, and revenge against people who haven't scorned them.
  • The Handkerchief
  • Desdemona's dialogue is riddled with references to Christianity, but they all seem very natural, as she grew up with the religion. She invokes images of Hell less frequently than other characters, but her major talk with Emilia revolves around the potential merits of sin, though Desdemona doesn't believe that there are upsides worth her immortal sould
  • The Handkerchief
  • Othello, like Desdemona tends to stick with Christian imagery, but his is more stiff, and with far more references to Hell, damnation, and sin. Though it is less frequent he does mention stereotypical African Magic.
  • The Handkerchief
  • The Handkerchief is a symbol of Othello and Desdemona's relationship, and much like their relationship it is almost never seen handled by the two of them, rather passing from benefactor to benefactor. Emilia got a job working wit ha woman she cares deeply about due to Desdemona and Othello's Marriage,
  • Iago got to put a plan in motion to get rid of Othello, and Cassio due to their marriage being disapproved by Desdemona's father
  • Cassio got to be in Othello's good graces as the go between in his courting Desdemona
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