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...Ugh!You can almost smell the desire inside her...
III. iii. (201-248)
That's right she did...I'm indebted to you forever...
I really care about Cassio...Excuse me, my lord?... Is he angry?...I'm happy about that... Why, sweet Othello... I haven't done anything to deserve this!
Damn it all!...Are you in your right mind...I'm glad you're insane enough to admit it in front of me...(striking her) You devil!
IV. I. (222-233)
She’s gone, and I’ve been cheated on. I have no choice but to hate her. Oh what a curse marriage is!
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—but that’s not much
III. iii. (267-272)
During Othello's and Iago's dialogue, Iago tells him that Desdemona is being unfaithful. Iago says that she has been sleeping with Cassio and even gives him evidence by mentioning that she betrayed her father and thus she would also betray Othello. This is an important scene since it is an external conflict that Othello is having with Iago because he does not know if he should believe Iago, this sets forth Othello's jealousy. Iago, put the idea into Othello's head which created doubt in Desdemona and her faithfulness. During this scene, Othello starts to believe that Desdemona is in fact cheating, this angers and frustrates him since it is difficult for him to believe that his loving wife would ever commit such a sin. His anger creates a form of regret for marrying Desdemona, which leads to his internal conflict with himself. This propels the drama since it begins a conflict that Othello will have with himself and later with Desdemona. His conflict with Desdemona as well as his jealousy will be the end of them all as it was foreshadowed earlier in the play.
In the scene illustrated above, Othello is confronting Desdemona about her unfaithfulness. He screams at her about Cassio, and Desdemona is confused since she does not understand what Othello is talking about. Othello, showing anger that has never been expressed before is feeling hatred towards Desdemona since she slept with another man, which later leads to him physically hurting Desdemona by slapping her. At this point, Othello sees no hope in restoring his relationship with Desdemona or even hearing her out for clarification. This is an important scene in the play since it demonstrates an external conflict that Othello is having with Desdemona. Since this is the first time that Othello physically hurts Desdemona, this signifies an importance because it deeply hurts her feelings because she does not deserve this. This propels the drama because it shows how Othello is not scared to hurt Desdemona and thus he can even kill her all due to his jealousy which is caused by Iago's manipulation.
In this scene, Othello is having an internal conflict because he is doubting Desdemona. Othello is having trouble analyzing why Desdemona would cheat on him, and starts doubting her. He try's to find a reasonable solution as to why Desdemona cheated and believes that it is because of his color, manners, and age but none of these reasons qualify because she did not cheat. By doubting her, he doubts their love and marriage, and becomes filled with anger, hatred, and regret. This scene shares an important role in the drama since it is the first time that Othello doubts Desdemona and their love because throughout their whole marriage he always believed that their love was pure, however now his opinion is changing due to Iago's lies. This scene propels the play because now Othello does not believe in Desdemona's love for him and can do whatever he wants to her because he is angry and would like to hurt her. This makes him want to get revenge on Cassio and Desdemona even though he is not a vengeful person, this jealousy could even turn him into a character such as Iago.