The Handkerchief of Love and Deception in Othello Essays

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Othello and Desdemona started their life together thinking it was to be forever.

The handkerchief symbolizes the start of a new generation, a token of their union and

ultimately determines their fate and the main characters lives being changed by the

events. The films adaption, as in Shakespeare play, he makes the handkerchief significant

to the plot.

Othello’s mother gave him the handkerchief on her dying bed to give to the

women he marries. “She, dying, gave it me, and bid me, when my fate would have me

wive; to give her.” Desdemona and Othello confess their love for one another in hopes of

a blissful life together. Unbeknown to them that the handkerchief would be their down

fall. Desdemona “The …show more content…

(3.3 .279-289). Iago’s deceitfulness about the handkerchief affects Othello’s psychological

thinking concerning Desdemona. Emilia has retrieves the handkerchief, leaves the room

and goes to her husband to present the handkerchief. “How now? What do you hear

alone?” Iago asks Emilia why are you here. “Do not you childe; I have a thing for you”

you noble person, I have something for you. Emilia asked Iago what he is willing to do

for the handkerchief that happens to be in her possession. Iago wants to know what she is

talking about, Emilia replied the one gift that Othello has giving to his precious

Desdemona. (3.3.290-308).

Iago searches for the truth from Emilia and confides to Iago that Desdemona left

the handkerchief by accident, which at this time I took the handkerchief. [Emilia holds

the handkerchief up in the air.] Iago retrieve the handkerchief from Emilia and sniffs it,

rolls over on top of her, speaks a few words and throws the handkerchief up in the air and

made passionate love to his wife. Desdemona asks Emilia “Where

should I lose that handkerchief, Emilia?” “I know not, madam.” Emilia lies about the

handkerchief when asked by Desdemona. (3.4. 117).

Othello comes into the room, ask Desdemona for thy hand and say, your hands


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