In Othello, why does Roderigo hate Othello?

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Roderigo hates Othello because he was one of the suitors for Desdemona. He is still in love with Desdemona and hates Othello because she chose Othello over him. One can see why Desdemona rejected him because he is so gullible and easily duped. Iago tells Roderigo that Desdemona is only physically attracted to Othello and will soon grow tired of him. Roderigo is the one who informs her father that Desdemona has escaped with Othello, something that would not endear Desdemona to him. Then he becomes a pawn of Iago, mindlessly following every command Iago gives him. For his efforts, he is wounded by Cassio and finally murdered by Iago himself.

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