Emilia argues that women are people, too—and so they should have an equal right to cheat on their spouses. She remains loyal to her mistress throughout and even asks to join her on her deathbed as she herself dies. Unfortunately, these two strong, perceptive, loyal women are killed off but, at the same time, they could be considered the heroes of the piece.
In a conversation with Desdemona, Emilia does not condemn a woman for having an affair: "But I do think it is their husbands' faults If wives do fall: say that they slack their duties, And pour our treasures into foreign laps, Or else break out in peevish jealousies, Throwing restraint upon us; or say they strike us, Or scant our former having in despite; Why, we have galls, and though we have some grace, Yet have we some revenge.
Older and more cynical than Desdemona, Emilia develops a close relationship to young Des. There must have been a good reason that made …show more content… To Emilia, the power of doing something for sake of the one you love is new form expression that a woman of their age and new age still battle with, but sometimes it works.
Also, her loyalty to Desdemona may belie this rumor too. Shylock argues that Jews are people, too—and so they have an equal right to revenge. Let husbands know Their wives have sense like them: they see and smell And have their palates both for sweet and sour, As husbands have.
Emilia's one dishonest act towards Desdemona—stealing her special handkerchief—turns out to have devastating consequences.
Iago constantly mocks and disrespects her. The jealous men posses make them ruin the relationship they have. Emilia goes so far as to betray her friend for the love of her man. But the final scene is payback time for Emilia.