The opening scene of the play immediately submerges the audience in deception via Iago’s speech. Iago is in conversation with the character Roderigo, who we later learn is being deceived by Iago. Iago is vowing that he follows his lord, Othello, not out of service, rather in the search for revenge. He actually states: “I follow him to serve my turn upon him.” This statement, in Act I, Scene 1 no less, clearly sets the stage for a play of deception and backstabbing. Iago proceeds to refute any allegiance to Othello for the next 25 lines! This speech is concluded with the line “I am not what I am.” By having this in the very first scene, Shakespeare acknowledges to the audience that deception will be a key theme in the play and will recur constantly throughout the play. The movie “primary colours” at first shows that jack Stanton is a genius with his hand motions and how he reacts to handshakes but does not reveal that it is centred on the theme of deception. Is it not until after the movie has a close shot of jack Stanton’s crocodile tears to show that he is deceiving the whole adult literacy class that we understand what type of character he really is. We understand that he manipulates everyone into having his way by his hand motions and speech towards everyone including his wife. This is also showed in the scene when jack Stanton is in the toilet denying the fact that the father of willies grandchild is jack Stanton. At first, he does not deny the fact that he is the father and soon after, with his motion on Henry’s shoulder he says he is not the father, thus showing conspiracy and manipulation. Jack Stanton also shows how much he lies when he mention’s his uncle in a war story claiming he did not go to school and read. Henry soon finds out that Jack has lied when he confronts uncle Charlie and Charlie says “im whatever he says i am” showing that jack Stanton is not only done this before but has done it countless times to the audience. Because of this, the Audience is convince jack is a two face and does whatever he can to gain votes in order to become president.
In Conclusion, Their motive, method and consequences for both Iago and jack Stanton were both different but the ways both of them manipulated the minor and major characters had a huge effect within the scripts. Iago’s deception from the very beginning to Roderigo with also his downfall and Jack’s success becoming the Prime minister through deception shows how great a web of lies can manipulate a person.