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Character and Conflict at William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream and Othello

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Throughout William Shakespeare's two plays, A Midsummer Night's Dream and Othello, personalities deceive, manipulate, and cause another to transform. In A Midsummer Night's Dream, Oberon deceives and manipulates his own wife, and Robin does the exact same to a stranger. In Othello, Iago deceives and manipulates a fool and his buddy. Hypocritically, Iago consoles Othello when one of his friends appears to have blasted him: "Men should be what they appear, / or those that be not, would they might seem not" (Oth. 3.3.131b-1320). Iago never reveals his true self to Othello; he states "I'm not what I am" (Oth. 1.1.65b). Iago has a supreme power of manipulation through his words and how he interprets signs. James A. Knapp believes that "Iago's artwork isn't unlike Shakespeare's. The playwright continually sets pictures before the viewers' eyes with the objective of luring them into believing that a fiction" (380). Shakespeare indicates that individuals use deception and manipulation to change another person in order to have their lured under their hands. According to Shakespeare, this manipulation and deception is the key to changing another person in order to obtain a desire. In A Midsummer Night's Dream, Shakespeare indicates that a person could deceive her or his partner so as to obtain whatever he or she needs. Since Titania stubbornly withholds the boy out of Oberon, he plans to deceive her. Titania goes to sleep with no feeling: Quite overcanopied with luscious woodbine, With sweet musk-roses, along with eglantine. There sleeps Titania sometime of the nighttime, Lulled in these flowers with dances and delight; And there the snake throws her enamelled skin, Weed wide enough to wrap a fairy in; And with the juice of this I'll streak her eyes, And mak...

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