Drama Plays Symbols Of Othello And Oedipus

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Symbols are objects that represent abstract things or concepts. The handkerchief is a symbol in the play Othello. It is used as a symbol in many ways with different characters. There are many ways that that the characters acknowledge the handkerchief. The handkerchief is important to the play because it symbolizes many aspects of the play through different characters. The main points of the handkerchief in the play is between Desdemona and Othello, Iago and Othello, and Iago and Desdemona. Desdemona and Othello first incident with the handkerchief is the most important part of the play. Since the handkerchief is the first gift that Desdemona received from Othello, it is a symbol of Othello's love to her. The handkerchief is a reminder of Othello's perfect love that is showed towards Desdemona. Desdemona uses the handkerchief to help her with her love with Othello. Othello tells Desdemona to keep it and do not lose it. Desdemona does not want Othello to listen to Iago about her being unfaithful because Desdemona knows that it is not true. Iago uses the handkerchief to manipulate Othello so Othello sees the handkerchief as a symbol of her faith and chastity. Iago brainwashes Othello to make him think that Desdemona is unfaithful. Iago takes the handkerchief so he can have evidence of Desdemona's infidelity. Iago wants to make Othello mad so he makes Othello think that Desdemona is cheating on him with Cassio. Desdemona uses the handkerchief to try to sooth Othello's headache, and Othello says the handkerchief is to small. Both Othello and Desdemona leave the room with the handkerchief still left on the ground, and Emilia finds the handkerchief and picks it up. Iago is glad that Emilia gets the handkerchief because now he can cause conflict between Desdemona and Othello. Othello gets mad when he finds out that Desdemona does not have the handkerchief
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