Analysis Of ' The 's The Way We Lie '

1583 WordsDec 11, 20167 Pages
To Lie or Not to Lie? "I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky." These were the infamous words proclaimed by former President Bill Clinton in response to the allegation that he had an affair with a White House intern while serving as President of the United States. A statement that was later found to be false and perjurious, and one that would eventually undermine his presidency. Lies come in different shapes and forms - while some lies are innocuous, others, such as President Clinton’s scandalous lie, are self-serving and can cause a great degree of harm to others or even to oneself. In Stephanie Ericsson’s “The Way We Lie,” Ericsson categorizes the various types of lies and their ramifications, whereas in Anton Chekhov’s “The Lady with the Dog,” the writing touches on the selfish lies that both Dmitri Gurov and Anna Sergeyevna tell to sustain their adulterous relationship. Although the extent to which lying is selfish depends on the motives and circumstances of the lie, I claim that not only are most lies selfish, but they are also morally wrong because they can cause irreparable damage to relationships and the trust between people. While lies are told with the intent to deceive, I say that it is the motive for the lie that determines whether or not the lie is selfish. When a lie is used to serve only the interest of the liar, and is used at the expense of harming another person, the lie must be considered selfish. Although it seems that lies are
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