To summarize: Emilia and Iago's relationship is initially unequal in nature.
However, Emilia's last act of defending her mistress and the truth demonstrates that she is a better person than her husband.
Emilia, for her part, is absolutely devoted to her husband.
She aims to please, and will do anything for Iago, even if it means being used as a pawn in a wicked plot to destroy Desdemona.
Emilia is blissfully unaware of why Iago wants her to go and fetch Desdemona's handkerchief.
She hasn't the faintest idea of what her husband proposes to do with it, but it really doesn't matter; all she wants to do is please her man: In many respects, Iago and Emilia's relationship parallels that between Othello and Desdemona.In act 3, scene 3, Emilia tells Iago that she finally has possession of Desdemona's handkerchief.Recall that Iago had exerted continuous pressure on Emilia...There is more than a hint of codependency about these relationships, and Emilia's codependency, like Desdemona's, ultimately leads to tragedy. To begin Othello’s main friendship was between Othello and Iago.However, he displays nothing but contempt for Emilia.Iago rudely asks her why she's hovering about the place alone. to have a foolish wife." Iago doesn't thank Emilia.This isn't an expression of love, however, but of self-regard. The merest hint of infidelity on the part of his wife, however implausible, is a threat to his masculinity.Iago's reputation is everything to him, both as a man and as a soldier, and that reputation is damaged by any suggestion that Emilia's turned him into a cuckold.As a member, you'll also get unlimited access to over 79,000 lessons in math, English, science, history, and more.Plus, get practice tests, quizzes, and personalized coaching to help you succeed.