Iago's wife and Desdemona's friend and serving woman. Although Emilia is far less idealistic about marriage and the world in general than Desdemona is, she is loyal to her mistress. Though she steals Desdemona's handkerchief for Iago, she doesn't know else anything about Iago's plot. In fact, when she learns of his plot, she reveals Iago's duplicity, and he kills her for it.
Emilia Character Timeline in Othello
The timeline below shows where the character Emilia appears in Othello. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Act 2, scene 1
...wants to sleep with her because he wants revenge on Othello for possibly sleeping with Emilia. If he's unable to sleep with Desdemona, though, he reasons, at least the confrontation he's... (full context)
Act 3, scene 1
Act 3, scene 3
...once gave Desdemona a handkerchief with strawberries embroidered on it (this is the kerchief that Emilia earlier picked up). When Othello says yes, Iago sadly informs him that earlier that day... (full context)
Act 3, scene 4
Act 4, scene 2
Act 4, scene 3
...a walk. Before leaving, he orders Desdemona to go directly to bed and to dismiss Emilia. Emilia helps Desdemona prepare for bed. As they discuss Othello, Emilia says that she wishes... (full context)
Act 5, scene 1
Act 5, scene 2
Meanwhile, despite Iago's efforts demands that she obey him and be quiet, Emilia begins to piece together what happened. Othello insists again that Desdemona was unfaithful and brings... (full context)