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Courage And Deception In William Shakespeare's Othello

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In William Shakespeare’s riveting play Othello, the once entrapped Emilia achieves independence by gaining the strength and courage to rise above the unhappiness of her marriage and her fears in order to reveal the truth of her husband’s wicked deceptions. Before Emilia’s defining moment of courage, she obediently suffers through her oppressive marriage against her will because of her tangible fear of her domineering husband, Iago. With the help of raging emotions and the deep desire for freedom, Emilia finally earns her independence when she fearlessly stands up for what she believes is right. Ensnared in an unhealthy marriage, Emilia not only frequently shows signs of her unhappiness and fearfulness, but she also reveals her yearning…show more content…
One insightful character analysis of Emilia shows her extraordinary change to independence as it states “Emilia courageously fights to uphold her employer against her husband. She disobeys not only her master, Othello, but Iago in telling the shocking truth about her husband to Othello and the other characters” (Shumaker). Emilia’s disobedience signifies not only her independence and ability to stand up for what she believes, but also her capability to take action against her husband with her newfound strength and courage. With complete conviction and passion, Emilia heroically upholds her mistress’s virtue, even when the mentally unstable Othello draws his sword she boldly proclaims “Do thy worst!” (Shakespeare, V: ii,194). The empowered Emilia no longer fears death in order to proclaim the truth of Desdemona’s innocence. In Emilia’s last moments she again proves her independence and does not let fear control her, especially when Iago commands her silence, she replies “’Twill out, ‘twill out. I peace? No, I will speak as liberal as the north. Let heaven and men and devils, let them all, all, all cry shame against me, yet I’ll speak” (Shakespeare, V: ii, 260-3). Emilia makes a courageous proclamation of defiance when she refuses to be silenced. Her statement shows she has finally overcome her fear of Iago. With her dying breath, Emilia valiantly speaks out against her husband and liberates herself completely in
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