Othello Navigator: Themes and Motifs: The Handkerchief.
The handkerchief, a gift to Desdemona from Othello, symbolizes so much more than a mere token of affection. To Othello, the handkerchief symbolizes fidelity and his giving it to Desdemona represents a promise that he will be true to her, and a request that she stay true to him. Iago, understanding the object’s significance, plans to turn the token of love into a tool of destruction.
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