The Art of Deceit: Why presentation matters

This was the first post of the 2013-2014 school year that I’m reblogging. I only reblog my absolute favorites. Thank you to Ashley- I look forward to reading more of her posts. Click the link on the bottom to go to her blog and read more.


I think it is safe to say that just by being human, we are familiar with the art of deceit and manipulation. Whether it is more common to be a victim or a culprit of such tactics, I don’t know, but it’s not uncommon to be both, either.

You’ve seen it in literature, in films, in life–deceit is everywhere. More often than not, the perpetrator is seen as a villain–take, for example, Iago in Shakespeare’s Othello, or Napoleon in Animal Farm. The question is, why? Being a manipulative hero isn’t so bad either.
Just look at Dantès in The Count of Monte Cristo. Okay, maybe he’s not a complete hero, but I’d certainly like to be as boss as he is (just without all the tragedy).

Villain or not, manipulation is an exceptionally effective and useful tool in getting what these characters want.

You see, telling a lie…

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