Is not
knowing one has taken part of a murder forgivable; even if its one’s best
friend? In William Shakespeare’s Othello Emilia, a loyal servant to Desdemona
and Othello tells a little white lie to Desdemona’s face causing a tremendous tragedy
at the end of the play. Emilia lies about something as silly to her as a
handkerchief but so serious to Desdemona. The handkerchief Emilia lies to
Desdemona about is the first gift Othello had ever gifted Desdemona symbolizing
a lot in Othello and Desdemona’s marriage. When Desdemona finds out its missing
from her pocket she always keeps it in, Desdemona goes crazy trying to find it
knowing it can mean the end of her marriage as she knows it. As Desdemona goes
searching for it; the room she dropped it in is the room Emilia is in when she
finds it, Desdemona enters the room in a panic asking Emilia for the
handkerchief, Emilia having it she tells Desdemona she does not have it causing
Desdemona an even bigger panic. Emilia should not have lied about such an item with
such important meaning.

having the handkerchief remembers that her husband Iago begs her to take the
handkerchief from Desdemona secretly; because Iago knows the meaning of the
handkerchief in Desdemona’s and Othello’s marriage and is willing to sacrifice
it. Emilia never did steal the handkerchief because Desdemona always had it
with her and it was never alone to take. Eventually Desdemona does drop the handkerchief
after attending to her husband Othello when she drops it, “Your napkin is too
little: [He puts the handkerchief from him; and it drops] Let it alone. Come,
I’ll go in with you.” (Act III Scene III). When Emilia picks up the
handkerchief she soon realizes what joy it will bring her husband iago when she
tells him she has got the handkerchief, “I am glad I have found this napkin: This
was her first remembrance from the Moor: My wayward husband hath a hundred
times Woo’d me to steal it; but she so loves the token, For he conjured her she
should ever keep it, That she reserves it evermore about her To kiss and talk
to. I’ll have the work ta’en out, And give’t Iago: what he will do with it Heaven
knows, not I; I nothing but to please his fantasy.” (Act III Scene III).

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next events leading to Desdemona’s demise is when all Iago’s