What is Roderigo's function in Othello?

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Roderigo functions as a pawn for Iago. As a rejected suitor of Desdemona, he is easily manipulated by Iago in Iago's quest for vengence against Othello. Roderigo believes everything Iago tells him and does everything Iago asks of him. As a result, we feel sorry for Roderigo in the end because he is so easily mislead by Iago and because Iago, in whom Roderigo had placed so much trust, eventually kills Roderigo.

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