Emily Dickinson Does Not Conform with the Social Norms of the Society at the Time

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‘’Emilia does not conform with social norms of the society at the time’’ Emilia is a minor character of the play but comes across as a strong character – a woman before her time. Older and more cynical than Desdemona, Emilia develops a close relationship with Desdemona. Emilia comes across as a rude character at the beginning of the play. Unfortunately she is the wife of the most famous villain of the play, Iago - a malignant master deceiver of the play. Emilia's relationship with Iago is not like any other relationship, he treats her badly, he is quite rude towards her. Iago constantly disrespects her. He never seems to offer her any sort of affection, and he always talks trash about women in general, ‘’wildcats in your kitchens, saints in your injuries, devils being offended’’. Despite this, strangely, Emilia seems eager to please him and satisfy his needs. She steals Desdemona's handkerchief in the hope that Iago will appreciate her for once. "I nothing but to please his fantasy.’’ Iago grabs the handkerchief and Emilia comments, ‘’what he will do with it, heaven knows, not I’’ Later, it seems like Emilia is aware of Iago's hunger for power and wishes she could satisfy it. She asks Desdemona, "Who would not make her husband a cuckold to make him a monarch?’’ Emilia speaks disparagingly of men, in her conversation with Desdemona in Act 4 scene 3, ‘’And have we not affections and desires for sport – an frailty – as men have?...the ills we do, their ills instruct us so’’, she and Desdemona’s different views of men is clearly portrayed here, ‘’tell me Emilia, Emilia - that there be women do abuse their husbands in such gross kind?’’ and Emilia responds with a definite yes, she seems much older both knowledge-wise and in age, she is experienced in the real world whereas Desdemona deprives critical thinking and is very inexperienced in the real world, she is

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