Using the characters’ relationships against them, the play reveals the power of deception and misinformation to destroy trust and loyalty. Othello was published in the early sixteenth century. Commedia dell’arte, a popular comedy in Italian theatres, persuaded Shakespeare’s motives when writing Othello. Shakespeare writes this play with a “disturbing, tragic ending, not the traditional romantic tragedy that has puzzled commentators” (Whalen). The deceitful motives of the characters in Othello derived from popular comedy of early Italians in the sixteenth century.
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.
Imagery is one of the most provocative and pervasive forms of literary techniques available and is often used to develop themes and characters. As such, it is no surprise that it is prevalent throughout Shakespeare's plays and regularly employed to develop overarching themes. In his tragic play Othello, Shakespeare uses demonic imagery as a point of contrast between a character’s true nature and the impressions held by others in order to develop the theme of how people’s impressions of others can be deceptive. Shakespeare does this three separate times: first in the false impression of Othello as demonic, then in Othello’s false impression of Desdemona as demonic, and once again in contrasting the honest impression and devilish nature of Iago.
Taming of the Shrew is a dramatic comedy in which several suitors try to captivate and marry a beautiful woman named Bianca. However, the suitors stumble upon an issue; Bianca’s older sister, Kate, is not married. Bianca is only eligible for marriage if Kate is married, so the suitors set out to find Kate a man. During Taming of the Shrew, the suitors of both Kate and Bianca are dishonest and deceive the sisters using disguises and mind games which results in a breakdown of all the characters. Deception and disguise play a crucial role in the relationships of Lucentio and Bianca, Tranio and Lucentio, Petruchio and Katherine, and Bianca and the suitors.
He uses social norms and expectations to set the atmosphere of the overall play, yet he utilizes different character to further set up the conflict. While he coats his conflict with paradoxical ideas to create contrasts and it foreshadows the conflict that takes place behind the scene. And lastly, Shakespeare explores conflict in many different elements, such as setting up the prologue and the context. However, his purposes for doing that so is that to bring the continuity of 2 different ideas and to collide them for the sole purpose of creating tension. Additionally, all of this was done to amplify the conflict and to delineate the conflict in the
Desire is a well-known trope in Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The four lovers and their magically caused mishap is one of the play’s main scenes. However, even though sexual desire is found in each of the play’s acts, it isn’t the only type of desire found within the play. In addition to sexual desire, we find a desire for utter and complete control, which is held most notably by Oberon, as well as the desire for chaos. Puck is a character recognizable by those who study mythology by his mischievous nature and tendency to play tricks on those unfortunate enough to slight him.
Catullus hoped that love would make him feel happy and whole but through his tumultuous relationship with Lesbia, he discovers that being in love has only made him insecure and obsessive as well as cause him great pain and suffering. (Pan,
As the lies and all the torment he puts himself through causes him to Hall, 3 exhibit more and more excentric behaviour. He becomes more elaborate and his thirst for vengeance isn’t so holy anymore. Hamlet’s self-confidence has been discussed before but it should be repeated. The deception of Hamlet shows that the madness seeping into him starts to drive him to do evil deeds. He is no longer doing things for the greater good anymore, and this does show that the meaning of the play is shifting.
Without the Friar Romeo wouldn't have been pushed to marry Juliet, he most likely would've ended up finding another beautiful girl and fall in love. The Friar and the Nurse were the only people striving for them to be together, but they didn't think about the consequences. They pushed and fought for something that was never meant to be from the start. The Friar had the perfect plan but Friar John couldn't deliver the letter just for the mere fact that he had to go visit a sick friend, but that is Shakespeare for you. At the end of the book the Friar had confessed his plan to the prince.