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Compare lago and Othello's character in Othello.

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Both men are outsiders in Venetian society: Iago in terms of class; Othello in terms of race. They are military men, men of action, who've achieved their place in the world due to their own efforts on the battlefield. But Iago is a deeply resentful man. He hasn't received what he believes to be his due. He hates Cassio for being promoted over him, expressing contempt for a man he believes to be little more than an upper-class dandy, without Iago's hardened battle experience.

But he also hates Othello. The Moor is even more of an outsider than Iago, yet it is Othello who's risen through the ranks, not him. For different reasons, Cassio and Othello stir Iago's deep, bitter resentment. Iago's reached the point where he's effectively given up on being accepted by the upper echelons of Venetian society, whereas Othello still very much yearns for their acceptance. If Venetian society won't accept Iago, then he'll do his best to undermine it, systematically destroying everyone above...

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