In the scene above, the protagonist Othello is facing and internal conflict. Othello is facing an internal conflict because he is fighting his own jealousy overcoming him. In the scene Othello is doubting Desdemona's faith and soon believes she is unfaithful. He then thinks she may be with another man (shown in the scene’s thought bubble). Once this idea is in his head he becomes extremely jealous. Othello's green eyes represent how he has been overcome with jealousy. According to the play “In bed with her? On top of her? I would have thought people were telling lies about her rather than believe he was lying on her... I’ll kill him first, and then let him confess—I’m trembling with rage. I wouldn’t be trembling like this if I didn’t know deep down this was all true.” This quote demonstrates how Othello's jealousy may lead him to make careless or regrettable decisions. On top of this, he now starts to believe that Desdemona is truly unfaithful. Othello sitting on his knees represents his anger, disbelief and shock. He has become so overwhelmed he has turned to vengeance and anger. He thinks Desdemona could love or be with another man (shown in the thought bubble). He believe that this is truly what is happening and it makes him extremely enraged.
In this scene, Othello is confronting Desdemona and asking her where the strawberry handkerchief was. This is an external conflict because the protagonist, Othello is facing a struggle from another character in the play. The strawberry handkerchief is the first gift Othello gave Desdemona and is very sentimental. However, Desdemona dropped it and Emilia (the lady in the blue dress and Desdemona’s servant) picked it up and gave it to Iago. Iago then manipulates Othello into thinking that Desdemona gave it to another man. This is when he confronts her. According to the text “DESDEMONA Why are you yelling at me so angrily? OTHELLO(the handkerchief) Is it lost? Is it gone? Tell me, is it missing? DESDEMONA God help me!...DESDEMONA I’m telling you, it’s not lost. OTHELLO Then bring it here. Let me see it...OTHELLO Bring me the handkerchief—My mind is full of doubt...OTHELLO Damn it!” . Othello becomes very angry at Desdemona not revealing where that handkerchief is (even though she doesn’t have it.) This reveals how angry and jealous he became after this conversation which then propels the action of the story.
In the scene above, the protagonist Othello is facing and external challenge. He is facing a struggle with Iago. Iago is putting thoughts in his head that Desdemona is cheating on him and he becomes enraged. Othello has been manipulated by Iago into thinking that Desdemona is unfaithful. According to the play “IAGO -“Sweet Desdemona, let’s be careful and hide our love,” in his sleep. And then he grabbed my hand and said, “Oh, my darling!” and kissed me hard, as if he were trying to suck my lips off. Then he put his leg over mine, and sighed and kissed me, and said, “Damn fate for giving you to the Moor!” . This is what Iago told Othello to make him suspect Desdemona cheating on him with Cassio. Despite this being false Othello begins to believe that there is something going on between Desdemona and Cassio. After this Ohello responds “OTHELLO Oh, that’s monstrous! Monstrous!... OTHELLO I’ll tear her to pieces!... IAGO I don’t know about that, but I saw a handkerchief like that today. I’m sure it belongs to your wife, and I saw Cassio use it to wipe his beard… OTHELLO-Oh, I’d kill that bastard Cassio forty thousand times if I could! .... Oh, Iago, all the love I felt is gone, vanished in the wind.”. This demonstrates the anger and jealousy Othello is facing. In this quote it shows how Iago manipulates Othello into thinking that Desdemona may have had an affair (which is not true). Othello now wants to kill Cassio based on false statements. In the scene Othello is shown standing in shock as Iago tells all of the lies about Desdemona’s unfaithfulness. He can not believe the things that Iago is saying about Desdemona. However, once Othello begins to believe this he then becomes extremely angry and seeks revenge.