Symbolic Implications of Handkerchief in “Othello”

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What handkerchief symbolizes in Othello?

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As English Tutor mentioned, the handkerchief is a multifaceted symbol in that it symbolizes different things to various characters.  To Desdemona, the handkerchief is a symbol of Othello’s love.  Iago uses the handkerchief to manipulate Othello into thinking that Desdemona has betrayed him, so to Othello, the handkerchief goes from a symbol of Desdemona’s fidelity to evidence of her infidelity.

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