Within one’s lifetime, the mark to finding oneself is being able to overcome hardships and difficulties in order to unravel the full potential concealed within them. From being manipulated and deceived, this manages to bring about an ability hidden within oneself that can only be triggered by experiencing what it is like to be a victim of deception. In A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen and As You Like It by William Shakespeare, each author entraps their protagonists with the role of being manipulative or the victim of being manipulated to further enhance the author’s purpose of revealing or unlocking the hidden potential that arose within the characters.
Throughout A Doll’s House, Torvald views Nora’s actions as being deceiving not only towards him but also towards her family. However, Nora gain her perspective on her own actions and begins observing it differently than Torvald’s. The play states, “ It was me they told that his life was in danger...well, well, I thought, you’ve got to be saved somehow. And then I thought of a way-,” (Ibsen 35-36). Within Nora’s and Mrs. Linde’s private conversation, Nora conveys that her manipulation of money revealed how she deceives her husband even though it was in good intent to save his life. In addition, this demonstrates Nora’s willingness to think about others, such as her husband, before realizing for herself that there were going to be consequences for her later on. Within the play, Nora states, “ You have never understood me. A great wrong has been done to me, Torvald. You mustn’t
feel bound to me in any way however small, just as I shall not feel bound to you. We must both be quite free,” ((Ibsen 97-103). This quote reveals that Torvald doesn’t see Nora’s good intentions within her manipulation of money and because he doesn’t notice it, this lead Nora to solidify her thoughts on her own actions and realizing it for herself. In the end, she has fully comprehended that Torvald have been manipulating her as his doll.
Similar to Nora when she became revived into a new person, in As You Like It, Orlando overcomes his older brother’s manipulation proving to Oliver and others that he has many great qualities and abilities within him. The play states, “You shall hear me. My father charged you in his will to give me good education: you have trained me like a peasant obscuring and hiding from me all gentle man like qualities,” (Shakespeare 5). Throughout the quote, Orlando constrain the purpose of why he has fallen in a depression. Oliver’s manipulation of Orlando by keeping him locked inside and not providing him the proper education revealing the hatred and jealousy that derives within Oliver for Orlando. In fact, Oliver states, “ ...It is the...