option 1: Many of the plays we read this semester dealt with ideas of
and illusion or truth/deception
this semester. The plays have depicted
people deceiving others, people deceiving themselves, and people
attempting to understand, forget, and/or reshape or reconstruct reality and/or
truth. Select three plays and compare how each play argues something
about reality/illusion or truth/deception.
The value and seriousness with which the sin of deception is regarded varies from situation to
situation, dependent on the attitudes and moral values of those involved. In these 3plays, we
see an ascending order of that value, as deception is taken lightly in IBE, heavily in Dolls House,
and as a fatal flaw in Othello.
Importance of Being Earnest
- there is no consequence to deception, and the actual “importance of being earnest” is not
really that important at all. Gwendolyn and Cecily forgive their men almost immediately, and
style, status, and pleasure take center stage in this play as truth and deception are shoved into
the foreground and are not even taken seriously.
, A Dolls House
- here the deception is unintentional, but when Nora realizes that she has been deceived she is
offended, heartbroken, and will do anything to break into the reality that has been robbed of.
Here deception, although unintentional, is not taken lightly and has great consequence, as she
leaves her husband and her children to break free into a world free of illusion.
here deception is the greatest sin, as when Othello realizes he has been deceived he kills
himself. Even when he found out that his wife was allegedly deceiving him ,the answer was
death as well. And since iago is the one behind the deception and is the cause of all the illusion,
he is sentenced to death as well.
From all these plays we see that there are different levels with which to regard the sin of
deception, and each play takes it with a different sense of seriousness.
Option 2: Numerous plays we read this semester had to do with