Emilia's Intelligence in Shakespeare's Othello

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In Shakespeare's tragedy, Othello, Emilia expresses her underrated intelligence to prove others' beliefs against her. Unlike the other women in the book, Emilia understands men and their thinking; therefore she shows no shame for standing up for what she believes in. Emilia unexpectedly ruins her husband's plan, which suddenly alters the outcome the story.

Emilia without a doubt out smarts everyone, including her own brilliant husband, Iago, but little does he know that his loyal wife surprisingly ruins his plan. By gaining his trust, Emilia soon realizes Iago's conniving plan and uses that against him in the end. Considering Iago has no idea what Emilia knows about his plan, he ignores her underrated intelligence. To gain Iago's trust, Emilia obeys every order that he asks her to do. For example, as a part of Iago's plan, he needs to get a hold of Desdemona's beloved handkerchief, which soon he uses against her. Emilia finds the sought-after handkerchief, but instead of returning it back to her mistress, she gives it to her devious husband. When Emilia finds the handkerchief she states, "I am glad I have found this napkin, this was her first remembrance from the Moor. My wayward husband hath a hundred times."(Shakespeare III : iii, 335-336 ). Clearly Emilia wants to please her husband, so she obeys all of his orders just to avoid any trouble with him. Emilia proves her underrated intelligence by telling everyone about Iago's plan to ruin Othello's and Desdemona's marriage. Iago is oblivious to the fact that Emilia knows everything and is in total shock once she tells everyone. Revealing Iago's plan not only makes her the hero of the story, but it also allows her to prove her underrated intelligence. As a result of her action, ...

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...en. Iago uses Emilia to get a hold of Desdemona's handkerchief. Without a doubt, people underestimate Emilia's intelligence, and she proves everyone wrong about the stereotype about women and their knowledge.

To conclude, Emilia proves not only everyone's beliefs against her wrong, but she also proves everything that she is capable of. Emilia voices her unsuspected intelligence to prove other's beliefs concerning her and each other. She only wants people to see her true self and she wants to make things right even if it gets herself killed. Through all of her faults and flaws, Emilia's intelligence makes a big impact on everyone in the story.

Works Cited

Bloom, Harold, ed. Bloom's Notes. Broomall, Pennsylvania: Chelsea House Publishers, 1996. Print.

Bloom, Harold. Shakespeare The Invention of the Human. New York: Riverhead Books, 1998. Print.

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