In Othello, why do Iago, Roderigo and Brabantio hate the man they are discussing in Act 1, scene i?    

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We discover in this scene that Iago has outright stated his hatred for Othello, as Roderigo recounts, "Thou told'st me thou didst hold him in thy hate." Iago acknowledges this, and even explains why he hates Othello so much. In Iago's mind, he is "worth no worse a place" than that of Othello's lieutenant, but Othello has rejected his suit and instead chosen Michael Cassio, a man who has "never set a squadron in the field" and is, Iago feels, far too inexperienced for the position. This slight against Iago is what initially drives his move against Othello. Later in the play, he states more than once that he feels Othello may have slept with his (Iago's) wife, but he does not mention this in Act I, Scene I.

Roderigo does not state any hatred of his own for Othello, although his response to Iago's complaints suggests that he thinks they are justified—"I would not follow him then"—and the language he uses to describe Othello is derogatory ("the thicklips"). Later in this scene, we find...

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