My lord, I have heard that your wife has cheated on you with Cassio.
No, I cannot believe it.
She probably doesn't like my apperance and has decided to cheat on me with a younger man.
I can't believe that you are such an unfaithful wife.
I would never do such a horrible thing to you.
One of the many external conflicts that Othello faces is when he is accused of witchcraft, which is a man vs. man conflict. In Act 1, Scene 3, Brabantio takes Othello to the Duke after suspecting him of witchcraft. He believes that Othello may have used some type of magic or drug to make his daugter fall in love with him. On page 33 and 35, Brabantio says, "She's been tricked and stolen from me, enchanted by black magic spells. She must've been tricked or drugged, because there's no way she could have made this mistake on her own." Othello proves to him that he didn't use any witchcraft by telling the story of how they fell in love. At the end of his story, on page 41, he said, "She said she loved me for the dangers I'd survive, and I loved her for having such strong emotions about me." This connects to the plot because they are seen as the perfect couple. Both are truly in love with one another and care for each other. This also connects to Othello because Desdemona is the only person he really loves. He doesn't want anything to happen between them that will drive them apart. Iago wants to destroy their love for each other, which is why their marrage is important to the plot.
An example of an internal conflict that Othello faces is his low self-esteem, which is a man vs. self conflict. In Act 3, Scene 3, Iago makes Othello believe that his wife, Desdemona, is cheating on him with Cassio. In page 145, Iago says, "Watch out! I know the people of Venice well. They let God see things they wouldn't show to their husbands. They don't avoid doing things that are wrong, theyjust try not to get caught." This makes Othello think that his wife isn't as faithful as he thought she was. He begins think that she might be cheating on him because of his apperance. On page 151, Othello says, "Maybe because I'm black, and I don't have nice manners like courtiers do, or because I'm getting old-but that's not much-She's gone, and I've been cheated on." He doesn't think that he is good enough for his wife and that it is a possible reason for which she cheated on him. This connects to Othello because he was never a man with a lot of confidence. He only makes himself believe even more that Desdemona is cheating on him and is making him more vulnerable. The fact that he is vulnerable is important to the plot because it will be easier for Iago to manipulate him. The easier it is to manipulate Othello, the easier it will be for Iago to accomplish his plan.
Another external conflict that Othello faces is when he confronts his wife about cheating, which is a man vs. man conflict. In Act 4, Scene 2, Othello finally decides to talk to Desdemona about her faithfulness towards him. On page 223, Othello commands Desdemona to let him see her eyes to see if she is lying, and later, he asks, "Why? Who are you?" When Desdemona tells Othello that she is his true and loyal wife, he doesn't believe her. All Othello thinks is that she is lying to him. On page 227, Othello says, "As faithful as flies in rotting meat, which give birth to maggots every time the wind blows. " Desdemona keeps pleading to Othello that she is no whore and that she would never cheat on him, but she can't make him believe her. Othello ends the conversation by saying, "You're in charge of this hell! You! We've finished our business." Othello can no longer believe a single word that comes out of Desdemona's mouth. This connects to Othello because it shows that he has been completely over taken by jealousy. He no longer trusts his own wife. This statement is important to the plot because Iago's plan was to separate them from each other. He wants both Othello and Desdemona to suffer the pain of being unloved by one another.