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Perspective: Othello, O.J. & Britney

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After Shakespeare's Othello had murdered his wife, he said, "I have loved not wisely but too well."

When OJ Simpson was asked if he had murdered his own wife, he said, "No. I loved her." Yet Othello and OJ also wanted to control their wives.

Sometimes love and control are vexed enemies. Not always. I have family heirlooms that don't mind being controlled: locked in drawers. My cat seems happy to be kept. But when it comes to human beings over the age of 13 the old love-control controversy emerges.

The pop singer Britney Spears has asked the court to release her from a strict conservancy controlled by her father. When asked if it should be lifted, he said, "No. You see, I love my daughter very much."

I’m Tom McBride, and that’s my Perspective.

Tom McBride is co-author of the annual Beloit College Mindset List. He is a specialist in Shakespeare. For 42 years he taught at Beloit, where he won an award for excellence in teaching. He also coordinated the Mackey Distinguished Writers' Program and the First Year Initiatives Program.