Othello Handkerchief Drawing Othello Handkerchief Symbol
Desdemona and the Handkerchief in Othello Anonymous
The literary concept of an endowed object can weave a thread of narrative continuity throughout a trial and resonates in the mind of the judge or juror. In literature, an endowed object is a material object that reverberates with symbolic significance throughout the story. The object can develop the theme, character, and emotions. Examples include Cinderella’s glass slipper, the one-ring, the handkerchief in Othello, and the mocking jay pin from The Hunger Games. Endowed objects have been persuasive symbols in famous trials as well. Endowed objects include the glove in the O.J. Simpson murder trial and John Wilkes Booth’s boot in the conspiracy trial against Dr. Samuel Mudd.
There are two accounts of the handkerchief in Othello
'For an important discussion of the metaphoric significance of the handkerchief in Othello, see Lynda E. Boose, "Othello's Handkerchief: 'The Recognizance and Pledge of Love,' " ELR 5, 3 (Autumn 1975):360-74.