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In the play Othello, why does Iago hate Cassio so much (besides the fact that Cassio got the job Iago wanted)?

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I'd add to sagetreib's excellent answer.Cassio certainly has privilege and he gets what he wants without having to work hard to get it (Iago, in contrast, feels he has to scheme and work for everything he gets). He thinks Cassio has a "daily beauty" in him that makes Iago ugly by comparison. This beauty is his status, and also a general quotidian attractiveness or polish that Cassio possesses that Iago thinks he does not.

For all of his bravado, Iago seems to lack self esteem. He speaks so often of not being inferior to Cassio that we think he must surely feel it. He doesn't seem to have any confidence in what he does have, either, and in his mind, he thinks Cassio is the type of person who could steal from him that which he should have. Just as Iago believes the rumours that Othello slept with Emeila (Iago's wife) without...

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According to me, Iago hates Cassio as he got the position which Iago wants. Iago worked hard for that position and he considered himself as a good soldier and capable candidate for that position. According to Iago, Cassio is a book warm and a intelligent person more than him but he can't perform well in the battle field. When othello choose Cassio, Iago felt angry and vows to take revenge from them.