Lying And Deception By William Shakespeare

1510 Words May 16th, 2016 7 Pages
Lying and deception have been present throughout all of human history. People lie about who they are, what they think, etc. Over the centuries the reasons for lying have stayed the same. When lying and deceiving people have always looked for some kind of reward, it can be money, fame or simply to avoid conflict. However, the methods we use to lie have changed with the creation of the internet. Even though, Shakespeare’s time period had very different views on lying that those today, his book, The Taming of the Shrews, was written to teach us that even though lying is an integral part of ourselves, we must not use it to take advantage of others. Lying and deception is used in The Taming of the Shrews as a way for the characters to get into romantic relationships, and manipulate their partners. For instance, Lucentio is indicated by Tranio, his servant, to pass off as “the schoolmaster/ And undertake the teaching of the maid”(1.1.197-198). Lucentio decides that deceiving Bianca is his best chance at a romantic relationship with her. Deception and changing one’s identity is shown to be a method at obtaining women. Likewise, many characters resort to lying as a way to control, or “tame” their partners. Petruchio lies to Katherina about what is real and what is not as a way to confuse her and ultimately ends up controlling her. Shakespeare portrays lying as more of a tool that is used to manipulate others, rather than an action. Seeing as most of the male characters in the…
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