Discuss the relationship between love and hate in this tragedy.  

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Throughout the play, Shakespeare illustrates the passionate and often misguided emotions of love and hate. Love is illustrated by Othello's strong affection for Desdemona. Despite Othello's passion for Desdemona, his love quickly turns to hate once Iago convinces him that Desdemona is having an affair with Michael Cassio. Othello's capricious disposition emphasizes how easily love and hate can transform into one another. Since both emotions are manifestations of deep desires and unaffected by logic, love and hate are portrayed as interchangeable throughout the play. Othello's unhinged jealousy manifests into hate as he loses the ability to control his emotions. While his strong passion remains constant, Othello alters its direction towards hate as he brutally murders his beloved Desdemona. Overall, both emotions are represented as fickle, unreliable manifestations of passion; they can be easily interchanged and are in no way connected to logic.