Essay about Deceit, And A Doll 's House

1380 Words Dec 10th, 2014 6 Pages
Deceit is an act in which someone deliberately tells something other than the truth or does something to gain some sort of advantage over another person. Not only is deceit present in different cultures it has been present for many years. This can be confirmed through reading World Literature. One specific value of reading World Literature from Antiquity is to understand the power of deceit in that it can be used to influence even the most powerful of people. This value is seen in the stories of The Ramayana, Candide, and A Doll’s House, all three stories are from different time periods but express the same aspect of deceit. The power of deceit is first seen in Valmiki’s The Ramayana towards the beginning of the story when Manthara is trying to convince Kaikeyi that her son, Bharata, is more deserving of prince regent than that of the first born, Rama (613). Manthara then goes on to tell Kaikeyi, “When you are sorrowful I am too, and when you prosper, so do I (614).” Manthara knows that if Rama becomes prince then Kaikeyi would not have as much power as if her son, Bharata, becomes prince. By the use of the word “sorrowful”, Manthara is trying to imply to Kaikeyi that if Rama becomes prince, her life will become miserable. If Kaikeyi’s life is miserable, Manthara’s life will become twice as miserable. While Kaikeyi is the wife of the King, Dasharatha, Manthara is just a family servant who is not supposed to have any power. By the authors use of the word “prosper”…

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