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How does Shakespeare present love as a destructive force in
Othello?

The tragedy of Othello, though different in its exploration of race, bears similarities to some
of Shakespeare's other tragedies with regards to the presentation of love as being a
destructive force.
The destructive nature of love can be arguably…

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tragic. It then becomes clear that Roderigo is experiencing the pains of unrequited love and
is expressing this through obvious desperation.
The language used throughout the play is instrumental in portraying love as being a
destructive force. There is extensive animalistic imagery which could be said to emphasise
destruction. Iago…

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