Deception in Books, films, poetry

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  1. pknz macrumors 68020

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    Ok, I have to write a report on 'deception' for English and then a seminar on the same topic.

    Can you guys n gals recommend some films, books or poetry that has a strong deceptive theme or subject.

    Currently I am looking into:
    The Day of the Jackal
    The Matrix
    Where Eagles Dare

    Thanks
     
  2. Graeme A macrumors 6502

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    British Labour Party Manifesto 1997 edition...

    Or any political party's manifesto for that matter...
     
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    ANIMAL FARM

    Perhaps the best example you'll get.
     
  6. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

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    Othello - classic example
    The Divine Comedy - By Dante
    Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
    The Great Gatsby
    the list goes on and on and on...

    i could come up with a very very long list actually.
    depends on what definition of 'Deception' and the interpretation of the meaning that you're going for.

    feel free to PM me and we can discuss this a bit more if you want: ideas and different meanings and such. i remember having a lot of papers deal with this in one form or another and i can think of a lot of different examples
     
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    like PoD said, there are many examples depending on how you want to look at it, if you mean where the characters deceive one another there are almost too many to mention. Wher the audience is decieved along with the charcters, or by the characters there are also many, films particularly, that use this as a device - The Crying Game, The Usual Suspects, and a really good one with Edward Norton as the innocent victim who turns out to be the psycho in the end (that i can't for the life of me remember what it was called) and Fight Club.

    Rear Window is possibly the most famous example of a film demonstrating that choosing a particular frame, choosing what the audience sees, is in its own way a form of deception, or can lead the captive viewer into self-deception.

    Many books also employ quite subtle deception in a way not generally achievable in film, where the narrator (usually seen as an objective teller of the story) is revealed slowly as having an interest in the story themselves and consequently not entirely trustworthy in what they say about what happened - Pnin and Lolita by Nabokov and My Antonia by Willa Cather are classics
     
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    Fight Club. Lucky Number Sleven, Last Man Standing, Seven...
     
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    Six Days of The Condor...good book and an easy read
     
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  12. thedude110 macrumors 68020

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    It's as English as anything. ;)

    Part of the L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E movement in the 60's, 70's and 80's. :cool:
     

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