Why Does Iago Hate Othello

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In the play Othello, we meet many characters that range in personalities. In this play, a character by the name of Iago is the villain. He is a 28 year old man who, in my opinion, needs psychiatric help. His role in this play is totally based on manipulation and destruction of Othello and basically all of the other characters in the play. He talks to himself about things he could, should, and does to people, as well as his vigilant hate for Othello. Why does he hate Othello so much? He first believes that Othello passed him over for a higher position as lieutenant and gave the promotion to Cassio. Second, he thinks that Othello may have slept with his wife. He cannot prove the latter but has such a deep hatred for Othello that he does anything to cause destruction to Othello as well as the rest of the characters. He is full of hatred and evil and loves nothing more than causing pain for others.…show more content…
Iago is speaking to Roderigo and says, “Call up her father, Rouse him, Make after him, poison his delight, Proclaim him in the streets. Incense her kinsmen, And though he in a fertile climate dwell, Plague him with flies; though that his joy be joy, Yet throw such changes of vexation on’t As it may lose some color” (Shakespeare, 1.1. Pg. 612). When Iago says this, he is showing his true colors. He is a sneaky and devious man who happens to be under the authority of Othello. He hates Othello and basically his life. He is jealous, dramatic, and is willing to lose everything just to cause chaos and destruction to anyone that crosses his path. Here, he is telling the audience that bad things are to come and his is beginning to have ideas on how to destroy Othello, Desdemona, and the
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