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Othello Symbols The Handkerchief


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Symbols – The Handkerchief

Symbols are objects, characters, figures, and colours used to represent abstract ideas or concepts.

The Handkerchief

The handkerchief is an interesting symbol in this play, as it means different things to all the different characters. To Desdemona, it is the first gift that Othello ever gave her, and it is a symbol of his love for her. It is portentous then, that when she seems to lose it he begins to treat her badly and shout...

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