Shakespeare & Wesley Financial Group: How the Bard’s Use of Creative Characters & Deception Resonates in Today’s Timeshare World
“To be, or not to be, that is the question.” This quote is unmistakably William Shakespeare, probably one of his most famous lines, hailing from one of Shakespeare’s greatest works, “Hamlet”. The way in which Shakespeare celebrates language with his artful use of it, is quite astounding. Whether or not we are aficionados of Shakespeare’s works, there is one thing that persists. His stories remain immortal as he weaved in common themes that we still deal with today. At Wesley Financial Group, we’ve seen our fair share of deception, particularly the deception that our clients have had to deal with prior to arriving at our door. It’s interesting to look at the way in which Shakespeare’s tales are still relevant today.
Deception and purposefully creating misunderstanding are an undercurrent to some of Shakespeare’s works and some experiences in the timeshare industry. As plays are a reflection of the human condition, it is no surprise that Shakespeare’s works are still beloved today. Language and actions used to fool and mislead aren’t only left to the pages of literature. We have seen a number of people throughout Wesley Financial Group who have told us their stories of deception in the timeshare industry. You needn’t read Shakespearean verse and prose to understand the creative use of language by people to prey on others. Wesley Financial Group is there to help those who feel that they have been preyed upon.
The British Library shares a number of articles that deals with and is appropriately titled, ‘Deception, Drama, and Misunderstanding’. A few Shakespearean plays that have deception throughout are explored online at the British Library. Three of these plays include “Hamlet”, “Othello”, and “Much Ado About Nothing”.
“Hamlet, Prince of Denmark” & The Deception in the Timeshare Industry
In Shakespeare’s play “The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark”, the protagonist, Hamlet, learns from the ghost of his Father that he was murdered by his brother, Hamlet’s Uncle. Hamlet’s Uncle, King Claudius, has subsequently taken the throne and married Hamlet’s Mother, Queen Gertrude. The play ensues, and deception abounds throughout. In an online article of the British Library, Dr. Gillian Woods observes, “Outward displays of emotion are untrustworthy, Hamlet reasons because a person could ‘play’ or mimic them. Indeed, even his own sincere demonstrations of sadness are compromised because it would be easy to feign them. So, while Hamlet’s mourning clothes, sighs and tears ‘seem’ to express his grief, Hamlet insists they are not significant: his inner feelings are his true meaning. This relationship between ‘show’ and ‘authenticity’, ‘performance’ and ‘reality’, preoccupies Hamlet throughout the play.” (Woods, 2016).
Here, in Shakespeare’s “Hamlet”, Hamlet is dealing with heavy issues. Although timeshare industry deception isn’t as dramatic and fraught with murder & dethroning as Shakespeare’s “Hamlet”, it is nonetheless difficult. Wesley Financial Group can help you when you feel that deception has overtaken your timeshare contract. Perhaps you feel that you were tricked or misled into upgrading your timeshare. Although you aren’t contemplating anything as severe as Hamlet with his statement, “To be, or not to be”; you are still wrestling with a lot of thoughts on how to deal with your timeshare predicament.
“Othello, the Moor of Venice”: More Deception and Misunderstanding
“The Tragedy of Othello, the Moor of Venice”, is another one of Shakespeare’s famous tragedies. The story is about Othello and his beloved wife Desdemona. The antagonist Iago says and does some pretty terrible things to make sure that Othello distrusts Desdemona. The tragic ending is a result of the web of lies created by the character Iago. In addition, there is misunderstanding plaguing the play throughout. As an online article in the British Library by Michael Donkor, Donkor states, “…with their misplaced letters and cunning disguises Shakespeare’s plays are so often marked by a lack of straightforward communication. Othello is a powerful example of this, where the text’s tragedy essentially springs from acts of misunderstanding. Our attention when exploring the idea of miscommunication in the text rightly rests on Iago and his deceptions.” (Donkor, 2016). Akin to the runarounds faced by some of our clients who have upgraded or purchased timeshares, Othello is given the runaround by Iago. Wesley Financial Group understands that runarounds are commonplace with our clients who have been duped, much to their chagrin. But you shouldn’t be embarrassed to seek out assistance, unlike some of Shakespeare’s characters where misunderstanding and deception continued to grow deeper and deeper.
Deception in Shakespeare’s Comedy “Much Ado About Nothing”
Shakespeare’s comedy, “Much Ado About Nothing”, deals with much trickery in the affairs of love. As Andrea Varney states in her article with the British Library, “In Much Ado About Nothing, Shakespeare sets up a fairy-tale contrast between two half-brothers – Don Pedro and the illegitimate Don John. ” (Varney, 2016).
“Within this symmetrical structure, we might expect the good Prince to be open and honest, while Don John and his cronies will be duplicitous. However, it soon becomes clear that deception and self-deception, visual and verbal confusion, are rife everywhere in Messina – from Don Pedro’s benevolent schemes to bring two pairs of lovers together, to Don John’s vindictive plots to pull them apart.” (Varney, 2016). This compares with the persona often given by those who are attempting to fool others. We may assume that a business has the best intentions towards their customers, and that they are willing to help them. Unfortunately, that is not always the case. Looks can be deceiving. That is why at Wesley Financial Group, we understand that our clients didn’t “see it coming”, especially from a timeshare company that duped them.
Varney further observes, “The terms ‘know’, ‘proof’ and ‘truth’ echo throughout the play, but so do ‘fashion’, ‘show’ and ‘seeming’. Words and surface appearances are the ‘agents’ people must use to ‘negotiate’ their understanding of the world, but they’re fraught with double meaning. As the plot unravels, it becomes more and more clear that the social and verbal graces enacted at the court are a thin and self-conscious performance.” (Varney, 2016). Sounds familiar? Some social and verbal graces are also used by many to lure others into a false sense of security, as can happen by people who may have deceived you. At Wesley Financial Group, we’re here to help you, not judge or lure you into a false sense of security like other companies may have. We will be direct and honest with you about what we can do to help you.
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Whether it’s Shakespeare’s tragedies or comedies, the Bard captured the myriad of ways in which different characters could deceive and encourage misunderstanding between other characters. The same can be said of certain characters in the timeshare industry. Wesley Financial Group can help you if you have been deceived by such unscrupulous characters. Whether you are attempting to cancel your timeshare or reduce your level of ownership, we are strong force in the timeshare advocacy industry. We will do our utmost to help you out of any sticky situation in which you may be caught from deception.
Woods, Dr. Gillian, (March 15, 2016). Hamlet: the play within the play. www.bl.uk, https://www.bl.uk/shakespeare/articles/hamlet-the-play-within-the-play
Donkor, Michael. (March 15, 2016). Misunderstanding in Othello. www.bl.uk, https://www.bl.uk/shakespeare/articles/misunderstanding-in-othello
Varney, Andrew. (March 15, 2016). Deception and Dramatic Irony in Much Ado About Nothing. www.bl.uk,https://www.bl.uk/shakespeare/articles/deception-and-dramatic-irony-in-much-ado-about-nothing