In Act I, scene 1 of Othello, why does Iago say he hates Othello?

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In the opening scene of the play, Roderigo complains to Iago about spending his money and Iago proceeds to elaborate on why he hates Othello. Iago goes on to tell Roderigo that Othello did not promote him to the position of lieutenant, which is second-in-command. Instead, Othello gave the position to the inexperienced Michael Cassio, who has a grasp on logistics and is well-read but has never commanded troops in battle. Iago clearly resents Othello for choosing Michael Cassio to be his second-in-command and believes that he is the more experienced, qualified candidate. When Roderigo suggests that Iago quit, Iago tells him that he plans on taking advantage of Othello by pretending to be his loyal servant while simultaneously plotting his demise. In addition to Iago resenting Othello for passing him up on a promotion, Iago mentions in act 1, scene 3, that he also hates Othello because there are rumors that he slept with Emilia, Iago's wife.

Act 1, scene 1 of this play serves to set the...

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