Power Of Manipulation In Michael Ende's The Neverending Story

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The Power of Manipulation Michael Ende once stated, “When it comes to comes to controlling human beings there is no better instrument than lies. Because, you see, humans live by beliefs. And beliefs can be manipulated. The power to manipulate beliefs is the only thing that counts.” According to Ende, in The Neverending Story, Ende claims that people live their lives based on what other people say, think, and do. Manipulation is used in our everyday lives. Whether you are the manipulator or the one being manipulated, manipulation still occurs on a daily basis. Manipulation occurs in many place with many people. It occurs, in real life with friends, family, teachers, and even social media. There are many ways that a person can manipulate…show more content…
With Roderigo’s naive personality, he believes Iago’s plan would actually work. Not only does Iago trick him into being his partner, he also tricks him out of his jewels and gold. Iago says, "Thou art sure of me. Go make money. I have told thee often, and I re-tell thee again and again, I hate the Moor. My cause is hearted: thine hath no less reason. Let us be conjunctive in our revenge against him" (Act 1, scene 3, lines 358-360) In this quote Iago is trying to get Roderigo to side with him and bring Othello down. Roderigo is once more is conned into killing Cassio in order to win Desdemona over. Even though he doesn’t kill Cassio, he still attempts to which shows just how much Iago manipulated him into thinking he’d win…show more content…
These insecurities are just what Iago needs to manipulate Othello. Throughout the play Othello is referred to several times as “the Moor” because of this race. During this time period interracial marriage was controversial. Since interracial marriage was rare and not as accepting as it is today, it caused Othello to feel doubtful about his marriage wife Desdemona. Iago implies that Desdemona has been unfaithful. In his own word Iago states, “Look to your wife, observe her well with Cassio. Wear your eyes thus, not jealous nor secure. I would not have your free and noble nature, Out of self-bounty be abused. Look to ’t. I know our country disposition well.” (Act 3, Scene 3, lines 202-206) At this point, Othello starts to question Desdemona’s loyalty, all because Iago hinted that there’s something going on . Iago then brings up the fact, that Desdemona secretly married him. “She did deceive her father, marrying you, And when she seemed to shake and fear your looks, She loved them most.” (Act 3, Scene 3 lines 208-211) This also cause Othello to wonder if she really loved him. Iago continues to twiddle with Othello’s mind, to the point where Othello only trusts Iago, the last person he should be trusting. Ironically, Iago turns Othello against his wife, and makes it look as if he is this horrible

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