Desdemona and her father’s relationship don’t seem to be the only complicated relationship in Shakespeare’s plays. I feel that in most of his plays, father-daughter relationship was anything but normal or usual. For example in Tempest, it was rather strange that Miranda stays with her father on an island for twelve years and her father deprives her of social company of anyone other than himself. One theme that seems to mark most of his plays is the selfish motives of the father who wishes to get something through his daughter but does that mean they don’t love their daughters. I doubt that. We cannot make that claim or can we? It appears that in all plays, the fathers did care as much about their daughters as fathers of that time would allow themselves to. We shouldn’t compare them with fathers of today because now due to increased knowledge fathers tend to be far more gentle and demonstrative than they were before. But the feeling of deep love and care was always there. Othello where Brabantino’s relationship with her daughter is often discussed. Brabantino wants Desdemona to marry someone of their own status. So what’s really wrong with this? Most fathers even today would want their daughters to choose a man who is financially and socially their equal. So I feel that we cannot consider Brabantino anything out of the ordinary because he loved Desdemona with all his heart and it is her elopement that eventually leads to his death due to a broken heart.