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There are many ideas about deception and infidelity in The Cloak by Isak Dinesen that show the true nature of humans The love for a woman makes a man to do strange things even sell out his master and his father In life our closest friends may turn on us to obtain something that is ours In this story Dinesen manages to elucidate aspects of deceit infidelity and betrayal through clothing the young artists dreams and various aspects of the setting Dinesen uses Angelos cloak as a method to show the aspects of deceit infidelity and betrayal Angelo was wearing his large and fine cloak of violet goats wool with brown embroidery DINESEN 248 when he secretly met his masters wife Lucrezia Master Leonidas tells Angelo that the cloak he was wearing is that of a bridegroom on his wedding day DINESEN 252 but in this case it does not symbolize the beginning of a marriage but the fall of Leonidas marriage to which he is oblivious at this point in time Angelo uses the cloak to shield himself from reality and pursue his love and fantasy Lucrezia The author portrays the theme of infidelity and betrayal through Angelos dreams while imprisoned In the small prison cell Angelo falls asleep and his guilty conscience plays a few tricks on him The series of dreams that he has shows the young mans struggle He wakes up and ponders about his last dream and concludes that he does not need to use the knife to kill the master and his young wife I can strangle them with my hands DINESEN 254 This shows that Angelos soul is restless and he seeks a way to rid himself of the guilt That statement also shows that Angelo is afraid and jealous at the same time of his master yet he loves him His dreams are related to the Greek story of the boy who killed his father
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