Characters Who Hide Their True Selves Research Paper by Metro

An exploration of characters from various works who hide their true selves.
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This paper attempts to analyze how the idea of a false persona is presented in several texts and to what extent their false personas affect the audience. The paper further examines how the personalities of these characters ultimately lead to the characters around them, or their own downfall. The chacraters analysed are: Dexter Morgan from the novel "Darkly Dreaming Dexter" by Jeff Lindsay, Patrick Bateman from the novel "American Psycho" by Bret Easton Ellis, Humbert Humbert from the film "Lolita" by Adrian Lyne, and Iago from the play "Othello" by Shakespeare. The paper concludes that each text makes the reader/audience, think deeply about a certain aspect or issue which is presented.

Question One: How Is The Idea Of A False Persona Presented In The Texts?
Question Two: To What Extent Do Their True Personalities Affect The Reader or Audience?
Question Three: How Do The Personalities Of These Characters Ultimately Lead To The Characters Around Them, Or Their Own Downfall In The Text?
Conclusion: What Ideas Are Explored By The Authors And Director In The Development Of These Characters?

From the Paper:

"Iago uses the fact that Desdemona and Othello are of difference races to play against Othello's insecurities. By telling Othello that Desdemona is lustful and is sleeping with Cassio, Othello believes one of the reasons she is doing it, is because he is black, as for the majority of his life he has faced discrimination because of it. Another way he makes Othello jealous, is by getting his wife Emilia to steal Desdemona's handkerchief, he then gives it to Cassio, who gives it to his whore Bianca. When Othello discovers that Desdemona cannot find her token of love which he gave her, he becomes overcome by rage, and vows to kill her. By manipulating him so, Iago is able to gain his trust, and bring about Othello's downfall, without ever coming under suspicion, for his "Honest Iago" persona holds up well."

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