Manipulation can serve as a very impressive social tool in order to bend someone's will to fulfill your agenda and trick them into carrying out a specific action. To manipulate is to manage or influence skillfully, especially in an unfair manner. This is prevalent in the tragic play Macbeth by William Shakespeare. Macbeth, an ambitious general, is manipulated by both his wife and three witches to commit heinous crimes. The witches manipulate Macbeth by using his faith in the supernatural to force him to carry out certain actions. As well, they present him with deceiving prophecies to give him false confidence. Lady Macbeth manipulates Macbeth by questioning his manhood
There’s has been people who either have been manipulated and then there’s people that have manipulated people. Being experienced with situation can make it easy for one to manipulate anyone. For example in “The Crucible” it demonstrates how one young child can manipulate everyone from children to an adult into believing her vengeance story. With the right situation experience one can manipulate with ease, but it shouldn’t be easy for one to manipulate half of the people in the town.
Through Holden’s critique of others, we see that he is strongly against people who are hypocritical, conceited, and who conform to society. Phonies are more interested in putting the best version of themselves out for people to see rather than being their true
In The Catcher In The Rye by J.D. Salinger, Holden tries to find the truth of himself by being surrounded with lies he tells. He feels the need to lie rather than tell the truth because Holden wants to change. Holden believes lying is better than telling the truth because people won’t know who he really is. Along with telling lies, Holden also calls people, especially adults, phonies. Holden hides true self by living in a corrupted life of lies.
Throughout Frank’s childhood, there were very few times when feeding the family was not a challenge. Even when Frank’s father was working, he would very often drink his paycheck instead of bringing it home to his family. Frank remembers a time when his father did bring home his paycheck, and took notice at how proud his mother was when she was finally able to pay the man for her groceries. She was able to “hold her head up again because there’s nothing worse in the world than to owe and be beholden to anyone”(23). This is where Frank learns that the ability to pay brings dignity and self-respect. He draws a connection, that when he has food, his family is prospering. Later on in life, when Frank begins to earn his own wages, he loves the feeling of independence, and dreams of providing for a family of his own. He works for Mr. Hannon, delivering coal, and makes many of the other boys jealous of him. He doesn’t mind when the boys harass him though, because he “has the job” and Mr. Hannon tells him he’s “powerful”(264). Frank connects having a job with being powerful. This shows how Frank was able to overcome the struggles of hunger and actually taught him the value of hard work.
One of the many reoccurring Holdenisms (a word that Holden the main character in Catcher in the Rye repeats a lot) is “I feel sorry…” or he expresses sorrow towards another person. Holden is a wealthy depressed teenage boy from New York living his days out in many boarding schools back in the 1950s. The title Catcher in the Rye relates to Holden’s feelings of longing to be the catcher in the rye by “saving” children. But in reality he is the one needing to be saved and he is still a child barely getting close to adulthood. His statements of feeling sorry has correlations to Holden not being able to help others even if they aren't asking or seem to need help.
Only a few are able to utilize the power to control and manipulate situations which can lead to drastic outcomes. Those with an assertive and manipulative personality tends to use that to their own benefit and completely disregard the impact their personality has on the surrounding people and themselves. In Ken Kesey’s novel, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, he expresses the theme of power and manipulation through two characters, Nurse Ratched and McMurphy. Both characters use their manipulative powers for their own advantage in a deceptive way that causes the patients admitted to the asylum to suffer rather than improve.
Abigail Williams from The Crucible, is a perfect representation of a manipulative character. In Act 1, Abigail first exhibits her ability to manipulate other characters by saying:
Deception or easier known a sly form of lying can be used to corrupt and manipulate the human mind. At its roots a simple term, getting someone to basically believe some that is of false accusations. Shakespeare, a masterful writer was a professional at planting deception in his plays. In Macbeth he uses deception to describe the acts of murdering the King and eventually leading to more gruesome and wrongdoing killings. The play ends in a horrible tragedy and shows the audience the grit and horrors of the human mind after insanity has set in and they are forced to murder to stay the least bit sane. In acts one and two of Macbeth there is deception leading up to the
‘His power to manipulate people comes from his insight, not only into their weaknesses, but into their good qualities. He sees what they are, and plays unfeelingly on good points and weaknesses alike. Often he lies, but often gains his ends by actually telling the truth.’*
As strongly as society wants to deny it, Holden was right; everyone is a phony in one way or another. Throughout The Catcher in the Rye Holden uses the word phony to describe the society around him and as a mechanism for his own isolation, but he fails to realize that he is the biggest phony of them all. Holden clearly perceives the insincerity of everyone around him and is nauseated by it; but despite his revulsion he still ends up being a phony himself. He reveals to the reader that even if someone does not want to be a fraud, and has attempted not to be, they cannot help it; everyone is a phony in the end.
When his father takes him to be an altar boy, he is turned away due to the poverty of his family. This is disturbing to young Frank, and begins thoughts of discontent in his mind. Also, when he goes to look into enrolling in secondary school with his mother at his side, the Christian Brother there slams the door in his face due to his street appearance. Regardless of his high intelligence, he is denied a higher education by the Church based on his economic status. The night before his 16th birthday Frank drinks his first pint and strikes his mother; on attempting to confess to a Jesuit priest, the door is again closed to him: “He says, Go away. You’re drunk. Child like you drunk as a lord ringing for a priest at this hour. Go away or I’ll call the guards…. You’re drunk and you’re not in a proper spirit of repentance (340).” Frank is panicked about the condition of his eternal soul but is forced to remain in a state of sin because of the lack of compassion by this priest. The transformation is complete: Frank is no longer the innocent little child who runs to the Church to unburden his soul, but instead he is a cynical adolescent who has lost his faith in God.
The characters Holden Caulfield, from J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye, and Will Hunting, from Good Will Hunting, have very similar personalities; however, they live in completely different worlds. The Catcher in the Rye is narrated by Holden Caulfield. He is a seventeen year old from New York City, and in the book, he comes to terms with his past. The story is told from a psychiatric institution. The movie Good Will Hunting is about a very intelligent twenty year old, Will Hunting, who is a janitor at a school in south Boston. The major conflict with the both of them is within their own mind. Part of them wants to connect with other people on an adult level, while part of them wants to reject the world. The main difference between them has to do with socio-economics, and how different their childhoods were. A main similarity between the two is that they push things away, because they are afraid of getting attached to anything. Another similarity is that they are both very intelligent young men, but are not necessarily good in school. Even though Holden and Will grew up in almost opposite conditions, they have many similarities when it comes to their personalities.
Throughout this novel I was continually disappointed in the actions the hospital chose to take. Landon was a huge part of that disappointment. The hospital and employees should not have fed the possibility of allowing Landon to die if they would not allow them to do so. It was wrong even more that they turned against the parents in their time of crisis.