Why does Iago hate Othello?

Why does Iago hate Othello in the play “Othello” by William Shakespeare?

Iago claims that his main motivation for wanting to get rid of Othello was his worry that he might have slept with Emilia.

Iago, however, explains that he doesn’t know whether or not these reports are accurate. Both of these explanations don’t seem to be sufficient for how much Iago despises Othello, and it’s noteworthy that he chooses to remain silent when Othello presses him for an explanation at the play’s conclusion, replying just. Iago also admits that he is drawn to Desdemona himself.

Iago’s lack of a specific motivation for his destructive hatred is part of what makes him such a terrifying and potent antagonist, as he appears to enjoy wreaking havoc simply for the purpose of it.

1. Iago’s resentment towards Othello

2. Iago’s feeling of being passed over for promotion

3. Iago’s belief that Othello has slept with his wife

4. Iago’s desire to take revenge on Othello

Why does Iago hate Othello?

There are a number of possible explanations for why Iago might hate Othello. One possibility is that Iago is jealous of Othello’s position and wants to take his place.

Another possibility is that Iago feels that Othello has wronged him in some way, either by passing him over for promotion or by otherwise mistreating him. It is also possible that Iago is simply a psychopath who enjoys causing chaos and destruction.

Whatever the reason, Iago’s hatred is very intense and drives him to commit terrible deeds, including ruining Othello’s life and ultimately causing his death.

Author:  Md. Rabby Sharif Ador

Department: English

Institution: Notre Dame University Bangladesh

Member of ‘Future Writers’

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