Is deception always unacceptable? In the play, Much Ado About Nothing, there are characters involved in different types of deception. Deception in the play is mostly used in gaining relationships and solution to critical deceit. In each part of duplicity, they show how it create social criticisms and can change the play from trial. White lies are part of deceit but it change the tragic scenario when it is falling.
The least noble character of Julius Caesar is Decius. There is a plethora of reasons as to why Decius is an ignoble character. First of all, according to the play, Decius lies to Calpurnia and says that her nightmares mean nothing. Next, Decius says he is going to affront and mock another individual. This makes Decius a heckler.
The indication that “Hamlet does it not … his madness” is what forces him to behave as he does, that “Hamlet is of the faction that is wrong’d”; “his madness is poor Hamlet’s enemy” lends to the idea that lunacy is all-consuming and that the ill cannot be condemned for acts committed while mentally unstable: their mania is the true culprit (V.ii.232-238). Hamlet is driven to decimation by his madness, which forces
In the play the Montagues and the Capulets have an “ancient grudge… where civil blood makes civil hands unclean”, due to the vendetta the two lovers were driven to death because of their forbidden love (Shakespeare). Unlike Shakespeare, Wilde uses names to further the satirical nature of The Importance of Being Earnest. Throughout the play Wilde is perpetually using situational irony, exaggeration, deflation and epigrammatic phrases in order to ridicule societies social norms. Although the play is satirical it also gives a lot of insight on the importance of names. The play states that names are enough to judge character and even status in society.
We know the weight that the success of this play carries because he calls anyone who merely adds a line for a cheap laugh “villainous and shows a most pitiful ambition in the fool that uses it” because it would take away from the focus of the “necessary question of the play.” It’s so important that the audience perceives that question that the play raises that Hamlet also says that he’d “have such a fellow whipped for o’erdoing Termagant.” Even though this isn’t a character in the play the point is that if the players go overboard with their acting then Hamlet would go so far as being incited to physical violence, foreshadowing the violence that is coming. Hamlet likens over acting to a storm, a “torrent, tempest, and (as I might say) a whirlwind of your passion” which would be disastrous and even destructive to his plan. Hamlet’s explanation of how he wants the play to be performed reveals a recurring theme in the conversation between the director and the players. This is the idea that the theatre is meant to reflect the nature of
Shakespeare shows the evil behind this deception by revealing Edgar wants to take advantage of the innocent for his own personal gain. In contrast, Kent’s deception is seen as, “If but as well I other accents borrow, / That can my speech diffuse, my good intent” (1.4. 1-2). By using the phrase “my good intent”, Shakespeare contrasts Edmund’s selfishness with Kent’s selflessness. He shows Kent’s deception as trickery that is benevolent and beneficial to others.
Iago is arguably Shakespeare’s most sophisticated villain and quite possibly the most infamous villain of all time. He has even been named an “artist of evil” (bloom). In Othello he spends the entire play manipulating the other characters, convincing them of fabrications that he created and ultimately leading them to their death. Iago’s capacity for cruelty seems limitless yet is he immoral due to his enjoyment and passion for evil, or are his continuous abilities to justify his actions to the audience worthy enough to label him as amoral, without moral qualities and not being able to differentiate between right or wrong? Iago’s Duplicity of Character Act 1 scene 1 starts off with and argument as Roderigo has paid Iago a large amount of money in exchange for Iago’s help with making Desdemona fall in love with him.
I wholeheartedly agree that Shakespeare brilliantly portrays a world in which deception and false appearances dominate. The masterfully crafted setting of Elsinore is a rotten cesspool of lies and deceit, filled with characters masquerading as honest and regarding over obsequiousness and espionage as perfectly moral practices. Nothing is ever as it seems and the dishonesty sweeps up even those opposed to it. Polonius is certainly the embodiment of sycophantic falsity in this play. He is constantly trying to ingratiate himself with others and is repeatedly seen to be prying into the business of others, which ironically leads to his demise.
But Nagaina was still a cruel and dangerous fiend! Nagaina was very misunderstood. Everyone talks about how she was such a terrible “villain”, but in reality, she had her reasons. Think about it. It is in a snakes nature to want to be all powerful or in control.
Iago is able to manipulate the other characters of the play because he is a villain who doesn't understand the morals of society. Othello and all of the immoral acts that it contains are the direct result of Iago's hatred for Othello, Emilia and women yet alone the insecurities that Iago has about his own achievements.