Please, my Lord! Give Cassio his position back! He's as loyal as any man can ever be!
GIVE ME THE HANDKERCHIEF!!
GOD DAMN IT WOMAN!
Forgive me, my Lord, but I think your wife may be sleeping with Cassio.
Your wife has betrayed her father in the past, and she may very well betray you.
This can't be!
OH HOW COULD SHE!
If what Iago says is true, I'll send her away
I've been nothing but devoted to her!
This must be a JOKE!
How could such a lovely lady do such a disgraceful thing!
How could she possibly do this to me!
Am I just not good enough for her? Is it because I'm black?
The scene above portrays an external conflict of person vs. person faced by Othello towards Desdemona. Ever since Iago sparked a suspicion of Desdemona cheating with Cassio within Othello, he faces Desdemona with much resentfulness. As a result of not wanting to accept the rumor as true, in the scene above, Othello is demanding to see the handkerchief as it was the first gift that Othello had given to her, and Iago had said that she lost it. In the text it states, "Desdemona: This is just a trick to take my mind off what I'm asking you for. Please hire Cassio again. Othello: Bring me the handkerchief--My mind is full of doubt. Desdemona:Come on. You know you'll never find a more capable man. Othello: The handkerchief! ... Desdemona: Really, I don't think you're behaving very well! Othello: Damn it !(pg179) ". Showing how Othello cares less about Desdemona's plead for giving Cassio's position back, as he is determined to seek proof that she did cheat according to Iago. Ultimately, Desdemona serves as an external conflict for Othello as he believes that Desdemona did cheat and seeing Desdemona later on, will continue to add on to his anger which will just lead to more arguments between Othello and Desdemona.
The scene above represents an external conflict of character vs. character between Othello and Iago. Othello is constantly surrounded by Iago, thinking that he is a trustworthy man, when in reality, he is being manipulated by him through the use of Iago's smooth talk and constant accusation of Desdemona's "unfaithful" actions. This causes much emotional turmoil to Othello as the text states " Iago: Watch your wife. Watch how she is with Cassio...She lied to her father to marry you. And when she pretended to be afraid of you, She loved you the most. Othello: That's right, she did... You've tortured me with these thoughts. It's better to be tricked completely than to only suspect a little...I had no idea she was cheating on me. I never saw it or suspected it, so it never hurt me.( Act 3, Scene 3)". Iago eventually plants the stolen strawberry handkerchief of Desdemona's in Cassio's room, which will serve as proof to Othello that Desdemona is "unfaithful". As can be seen, Iago is causing torturous mental pain to Othello as he is a targeted weak victim for Iago's mischievous tactic of maneuvering him to lose trust in his wife and facing her with envy, despite Othello's doubts that Desdemona would cheat, which will cause arguments between the lovers.
This scene demonstrates an internal conflict of character vs. self of Othello. After being affiliated with Iago's continuous accusations with Desdemona, Othello gets really upset and is accompanied by feelings of anger, jealousy, sadness, as well as facing consequences of low self esteem. According to the text, it states, "Othello (to himself): Why did I ever get married? I'm sure this good and honest man sees and knows more, much more, than he's telling me...If it turns out that she really is running around on me, I'll send her away, even though it'll break my heart. Maybe because I'm black, and I don't have nice manners like courtiers do, or because I'm getting old...Oh what a curse marriage is!...If she cheated on me, then heaven itself is fake...Oh, I'd kill that bastard Cassio forty thousand times if I could! Killing him once is not enough revenge. (Act 3, Scene 3)"As seen above, the little spark of suspicion has ignited into all of these negative emotions that not only is causing him sadness to think that his wife is being disloyal, but also causes him to be self conscious of his appearance and personality making him feel like he's not good enough. Additionally, jealousy and anger pushes him to be violent in which results in his demand on the death of Cassio. Overall, Othello's ultimate flaw is his sense of insecurity which allows for all the rumors and negative thoughts to get to him.