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by William Shakespeare

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What is the interplay of love and fear in Othello?

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Love and ultimately the fear of rejection, shame, loss of reputation and self-worth intertwine in Othello to create an almost personal tragedy. The circumstances are real and an audience can relate to and even empathize with the characters as they fight these two powerful forces.

Iago is the main proponent of fear and manages to instill fear into even the most rational characters. Brabantio's love for his daughter is tainted by Iago's reference to his

daughter covered with a Barbary horse.

His fear is such that, despite being confused by Iago's references, he orders a search party thinking that perhaps his daughter is...

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