Amidst the works of Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare and Some Like it Hot directed by Billy Wilder, the theme of deception is shared. Through the events that unfold, deception is forced unto the characters. Be it accidental or intentional, the characters of the works deceive one another and themselves with false appearances. Most conspicuously, the characters of the works deceive one another through false appearances. In both Twelfth Night and Some Like it Hot, characters are forced to disguise themselves as the opposite gender.
Mercutio fights for Romeo and is slain by Tybalt and Romeo seeking revenge, murders Tybalt and is banished. Both these events cause other events of poor communication to take place in this chain reaction which leads to the dreadful end of Romeo and Juliet. Another way miscommunication causes bad decisions to be taken is thorough Assumption. Assumption of certain things by the characters in the story restrains them from trying to discover the truth
Gossip is the main driver of the various plotlines in Shakespeare’s Much Ado about Nothing. The conflict in the play is shaped entirely around false rumor spread by characters and the hearsay that accompanies it. The characters’ actions are enormously affected by the conversations they overhear and their willingness to believe secondhand information over direct experience. Patricia Meyer Spacks states in her novel Gossip, that rumor in the play “creates its own territory using materials from the world at large to construct a new oral artifact” (Spacks, 1985, Location No. 315).
William Shakespeare’s plays often have a motif of lying, for a variety of purposes, not necessarily with malicious intent. The binary of honesty and lying is addressed at length. Be it comedy or tragedy, there is usually an element of trickery and exposure of truth in the end, with the confusion caused by the lies being resolved. The presentation and reasoning that are behind the lies vary vastly, just like the characters telling them. Sometimes, they are used to drive the narrative, by manipulating the behavior of the characters.
While one aspect of the impression led the audience to believe that their death was caused without any true and or valid purpose, others brought the audience to contradict that same idea with an opposing perspective, suggesting it was caused by a matter of chance or personal will. All of them, however, were actual elements of the true reason behind the unfortunate event. He skillfully exhibited the aspects for these elements through numerous amounts of ways, examples being through the well formed dramatic dialogue, the intense character interactions, and the conflicts that occurred due to the Capulet and Montague family feud. That being said, Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, having a storyline with such passionate characters in unfortunate positions, overall leading to their saddening death, truly make it a
They were jealous and always suspected that the other people were trying to take things that were not theirs. The witch hunt could only escalate as it did because the people of Salem did not trust each other in the beginning and it just kept on getting worse because they made false accusations. If we talk about an unstable community, we of course have to talk about its people. No one is innocent, many of them are not trustworthy. Two characters in the play take it to an extreme.
Dishonesty has always been considered as deceiving others. It is understandable when people lie to conceal the truth and avoid punishments, which also demonstrates the dark side of humanity. However, dishonesty is still not widely accepted even if one has a good reason for it. In The Crucible, Arthur Miller presents several conflicts, which showcases the consequences of dishonest behaviors. Characters are constantly dealing with different conflicts in the play, as they are condoning the truth by lying to protect themselves and the ones they love.
The Weapon of Deception (analysis of the use of deception in Acts 1 and 2 of Macbeth) The use of deception is very prevalent throughout the play Macbeth written by Shakespeare. Deception is the act of deceiving. You can compare it to fraud or a scam. Many of the characters in Macbeth use deception to persuade others to do things they want done. Most times these deeds are bad and in the end come back to haunt the characters.
Deception is a common tool among people of the world. For as long as we have communicated, we have worked our way around truths. The art of deception is very intricate and fragile, having to be planned carefully. In Hamlet by William Shakespeare, several characters use deception to get their own way. Three of them who made use of it are Claudius, Laertes, and Hamlet.
Like most plays, they each have a protagonist with a so-called ‘fatal flaw,’ a lapse in character that leads to conflict within the story. For Much Ado About Nothing, the protagonist Claudio is gullible, and believes the lie that his love is unfaithful to him. In King Lear, Lear is prideful, and takes his daughter’s refusal to pour praise onto him as a personal affront. Another similarity between the two shows would be the use of misconception to further the plot. Lear believes that his daughter does not care for him and so takes away her inheritance, while Claudio believes that his betrothed has been unfaithful and so shames her on their wedding day.
A common theme seen throughout many of William Shakespeare’s writing are the apparent lack of and search for identity. Shakespeare has a tendency to thrust an audience in the middle of a character’s search for whom they really are. It is the basis for many of his play’s plots and the source for most of the conflict in each of them. But, in both The Comedy of Errors and Twelfth Night, Shakespeare adds a deeper layer upon the characters’ search for individuality through the use of twins. Characters in both Twelfth Night and The Comedy of Errors have an issue with their appearances that does not allow them to be their true self.