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Quote #1

IAGO
Though I do hate him as I do hell's pains
Yet for necessity of present life,
I must show out a flag and sign of love,
Which is indeed but sign. (1.1.152-155)
IAGO
I hate the Moor:
And it is thought abroad, that 'twixt my sheets
He has done my office: I know not if't be true;
But I, for mere suspicion in that kind,
Will do as if for surety. (1.3.379-383)

Iago says his hatred of Othello is based on jealousy.

Quote #2

IAGO
Now, I do love her too;
Not out of absolute lust, though peradventure
I stand accountant for as great a sin,
But partly led to diet my revenge,
For that I do suspect the lusty Moor
Hath leap'd into my seat; the thought whereof
Doth, like a poisonous mineral, gnaw my inwards;
And nothing can or shall content my soul
Till I am even'd with him, wife for wife,
Or failing so, yet that I put the Moor
At least into a jealousy so strong
That judgment cannot cure. Which thing to do,
If this poor trash of Venice, whom I trash
For his quick hunting, stand the putting on,
I'll have our Michael Cassio on the hip,
Abuse him to the Moor in the rank garb—
For I fear Cassio with my night-cap too— (2.1.280-291)

Yet here, Iago's hatred is rooted in his suspicion that Othello was sleeping with his wife.

Quote #3

MONTANO
And 'tis great pity that the noble Moor
Should hazard such a place as his own second
With one of an ingraft infirmity:
It were an honest action to say
So to the Moor.
IAGO
Not I, for this fair island
I do love Cassio well; and would do much
To cure him of this evil—But, hark! what noise? (2.3.125-136)

Iago speaks of loving Cassio in the same terms he often speaks of loving Othello; we suspect, then, that he hates Cassio, as he also hates Othello.

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