Deception, for example, is a major tool Shakespeare’s characters exploit in their encounters to hide their true identities. Iago’s beginning success in his attempt to hoax the dramatis personaes was due to his ability to be fickle. As the antagonist, “honest” Iago uses his deceptive nature to depict an impression far from his reality. Throughout the classical tragedy Othello, The Moor of Venice, the ensign, Iago, manages to betray many characters, while still maintaining his appearance of honesty and dedication to attain a desired reality. The malice and evil-spiritedness of Iago is established in the opening act of the play.
Deception is a key element in most of the Shakespeare plays. It is done in many different ways and has special purposes like creating confusion between characters and leading them into making certain decisions. Deception can be done with the help of physical disguise as we see in the two plays The Taming of the Shrew and Much Ado About Nothing. We have to keep in mind that it is not only the characters deceiving each other but also the author himself attempts to deceive the audience. In both plays The Taming of the Shrew and Much Ado About Nothing we experience deception as a major concept.
Shakespeare excelled in the art of presenting complex themes in the most subtle ways. Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing presents the theme of deception. The plot of the play is woven around the traps of deceit, from the ends of both the antagonists as well as the protagonists. Thus, it shows deception in two forms- in its malevolence, driven by evil notions and motives; and also its benevolence, when employed for the better good. Either ways, all the characters are involved in deceit, sometimes employing it and at the other instances, falling victim to it.
Surprisingly, most of the disguises worked effectively. Does this mean Shakespeare was trying to prove that outer bearings are what make the person? Or just the opposite? Through the whirlwind actions of characters in his play, Shakespeare depicts that the true person always show through despite the layers of deception. “The worst of all deception is self-deception” (Plato).
Readers may feel as if they are on a pendulum between admiring the Duke’s actions and despising him for all the mess he creates. The Duke is one of the distinctive characters in this play because he appears almost in every scene, undetectably gets to the bottom of the secrets of others with the mere intention of having it all brought to order. Everything that happens in this play is an outcome of his own desires, his lies and twist of truth resulting in ordinary people being offered a false view of their world. A.P. Rossiter argues that what one makes of the ending… depends on what one makes of the Duke.
Examine how and to what end Shakespeare has explored the concept of deception “Fair is foul, and foul is fair.” (1.1.11). Deception, deliberately leading someone to believe in something that is not true. The immoral and deceitful actions that one executes, will always come with consequences. Trickery plays a huge role in Shakespeare 's play Macbeth, written in 1606. Main characters such as Lady Macbeth, Macbeth, Duncan, Banquo, the witches and Lennox continuously establish the theme of deception throughout the play.
INTRODUCTION: Shakespeare’s Hamlet is a tragic play. It is rich in incidents and consists a complex plot. Shakespeare deals with different elements like suspense, sensational matters, supernatural creature, murder, revenge, love, madness of Hamlet and so on. He handles all these elements very skillfully. It gives true essence to play.
Swift believed, along with many muses, that properly guided, lying muses have the power to lead us to truth. Satire lifts the veil covering our awareness, so why is it that it takes the form of a lie? Satire is a very particular and unusual form of lying. It distorts reality in a way to reveal the truth. It uses carefully crafted lies to convey truth that would be
Throughout history there have been multiple works of literature that involve characters who function by deceitful motives. These pieces of literature involve numerous characters who deceive one another in order to achieve some type of personal gain, expose truths, or fulfill commands. In the tragedy titled The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, by William Shakespeare, deception formulates in result of multiple diverse events, and it plays an enormous role in how the story plays out. There are many instances where Hamlet deceives another character, which ultimately leads to the tragic end result of this play, which demonstrates to readers that seeking revenge only brings about hardship, death, and destruction. As the play develops, the protagonist Hamlet deceives Claudius, Rosencrantz, Guildenstern, and at times himself.
310-311). But Iago’s plan works and he makes Othello love, thank, and reward him, even though it is all due to lies. Othello’s future actions are dictated by these lies and tragically lead to Othello and Desdemona’s demise. William Shakespeare demonstrates the human aspects of vengeance and hatred through his use of dramatic irony and conflict in the tale of Othello. Throughout the play it is obvious that Iago is deceiving Othello into thinking that his wife is unfaithful.