How can Cassio's view and treatment of women in the play be compared to that of Iago ?

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Though he is by no means as devious as Iago, nor does he appear to have the motives of destroying the other men around him, Cassio does appear to feel that manipulating women is perfectly acceptable and he dismisses the feelings of Bianca out of hand.  In the scene where Cassio and Iago are talking (and Othello thinks they are talking about Desdemona) Cassio laughs at the idea of Bianca wanting him to marry her, implying that women are to be used and then discarded and that their feelings are not to be considered.  So if one were looking for a comparison between Iago and Cassio, the point to make is that they both look down at women and consider them inferior.

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