Potential and Deceit in Saki's "The Open Window" Essay

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Through subtle and discrete methods, Saki implies vast amounts of truth about society. How at ease and dependant one can become – that one neglects to see the immature and fraudulent intentions underneath – throughout his short story “The Open Window”. Saki’s story which has a character whose art of deception, which takes in the form of maiming the real meaning of the open window and disguising it in her lies, to the point where her victim’s gullibility takes a toll open his well being is a clear and distinct representation of one’s malevolent intents. Saki fabricated Vera to be a girl who is dignified and composed, allowing her to be skilled in the arts of deceit and obscuration of the truth, which is ironic to her name sake. Vera is a…show more content…
“Romance at short notice was her speciality” was the key to the story, symbolising Vera’s methods of entertainment. Vera can mostly be described as a sly and clever criminal, how a criminal would play and torture their prey is how Vera plays with Framton’s mind. How she used the open window to stain Framton’s consciousness with a fake reality and then obscure it with another tall tale is how a criminal would hide his tracks after a slaughter. Vera’s lying is a symbol what society can be like underneath. Seeing as Framton knows nought, he was dependant on Vera’s story. Her reasoning was that once again, “Romance at short notice was her speciality” however, this does not mean that Vera is in love with Framton, this means that Vera is skilled with inventing tall tales on the scene. She twists the truth to her amusement. Vera’s cruel method of amusement, cost Framton his mental sanity and his physical health, but it was also at the fault of his own gullibility. Nuttle can represent something to the likings of nuts, which is mental instability. This is true in the beginning, and proven more in the conclusion. Vera’s speech did imply that she is lying, when she asked whether Framton knew anything of her aunt, to telling him why the open window relates to her aunt’s “great tragedy”. A symbol of how one doubts the obvious signs of trickery and how one chooses to not take awareness of it. Although “something about the room seems to suggest a

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