This is the plague of important men- our wives betray us more than those of poor men.
I haven't done anything to deserve this!
In the scene above, Othello has a conflict with himself; specifically, his jealousy. Othello is talking to himself after Iago has just manipulated him more to believe that Desdemona is cheating on him with Cassio. Some objects in the background are green to represent jealousy. Othello's jacket is dull yellow to represent jealousy aswell. The green reflection of Othello is added to also represent jealous Othello. It shows that jealousy makes him an alternate version of himself. This conflict is internal because it is an emotional problem and doesn’t involve anyone else except for Othello himself. This conflict is that he is jealous of Cassio because, since Iago manipulated him, he believes that Desdemona, his wife, is cheating on him with Cassio. Othello lets his jealousy consume him. This conflict, his jealousy of Cassio makes him insecure and he keeps on second guessing himself and talking about how cursed his life is because he has been betrayed. Othello says, "I have no choice but to hate her... This is the plague of important men-our wives betray us more than those of poor men. It's our destiny... We are destined to be betrayed when we are born." Othello is reflecting and all of his insecurities come pouring in because of his jealousy of Cassio.
Internal Conflict: Othello V.S. Othello
External Conflict: Dedesmona V.S. Othello
In the scene above, Othello has a conflict with Desdemona. He is standing in front of her with Iago and Lodovico in the background, observing the situation. Othello’s speech bubble is red to represent anger. Iago’s clothing is red, green, and black to represent evil, jealousy, and anger. At the moment, Othello slaps Desdemona because of how mad he is and how he believes that Desdemona is cheating on him with Cassio. This conflict is external because the conflict involves more than one person, specifically Othello and Desdemona. In this conflict, Othello and Desdemona are talking right after Iago has just continued to manipulate and convince Othello to believe that Desdemona cheated on him with Cassio. Shortly after, Lodovico and Desdemona enter and join the conversation. Othello is fuming because of the conversation, and lashed out, prompting him to strike Desdemona across the cheek. Othello says, "Damn it all!" This reveals how he is angry and jealous he is. Because he is infuriated, he hears and interprets things improperly and worse than they actually are. So, when Desdemona says, "I'm happy about that." in response to Cassio becoming governer in Othello's place, Othello snaps with all the anger, jealousy, insecurity, and pressure. He smacks Desdemona causing her to cry.
In the scene above, Othello is in a conflict with Brabantio. This conflict is external because it involves two people: Brabantio and Othello. An external conflict involves external forces and another character. Brabantio stands, facing Othello, and behind him is a mob of people that he called to confront Othello and charge him with crimes. Othello has his soldiers behind him. The mob has red eyes to show their anger and their hatred towards Othello and Othello and his soldiers remain calm and collected as they were in the scene. In this conflict, Brabantio confronts Othello and asks him what kind of witchcraft Othello used to steal his daughter and make her love him. Brabantio is convinced that Othello stole his daughter from him and used some type of magic to make Desdemona go with Othello. Brabantio says, “You evil thief, where have you hidden my daughter? You devil, you’ve put a spell on her!... a beautiful and happy young girl like her… wouldn’t run off with a black thing like you unless she’s been bewitched…” When Brabantio says this, he is yelling at Othello and demanding him to tell him where he hid his daughter and what kind of magic he used on his daughter.