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Often in our society people are labelled as or fit into a certain character mould and their behaviour and actions remain consistent However in William Shakespeares Othello Emilias character portrays three completely different archetypes and they all come through in strategical places throughout the course of the play When introduced to Emilia the reader sees her as a whore because of her worldly demeanour While later on her husband Iago tricks her thereby becoming a dupe However as the play unfolds and Iagos sinister plot unravels Emilia emerges as a hero and her righteousness shines bright Although a small character Shakespeare uses Emilia and her three archetypes as a tool in creating his story line and eventually in tying it all together at the climactic conclusion of this tragic tale The first of such archetypes is that of a whore with a realistic view on life Introduced in Act 2 Scene 1 Emilia almost immediately is described as a whore by her husband Iago You rise to play and go to bed to work Shakespeare 213 He speaks poorly of her and repeatedly refers to her as a wench 33311 and other things of that nature which leads the reader to believe he has little to no respect for his wife She in return has little respect for her husband and marriage as a whole They are all but stomachs and we all but food They eat us hungerly and when they are full They belch us 34104-106 Such statements indicate to the reader that Emilia is knowledgeable or worldly in the relations between man and wife Obviously her marriage is less than ideal and brings little if any satisfaction This could have possibly tainted her views on marriage and men all together In Act 4 Scene 3 Othellos wife Desdemona and Emilia have a conversation on cheating and what might drive a woman to make a cuckhold 4378 of her
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