Lies Exposed Into Reality In Umberto Eco's Physo

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One of the recurring themes in the story, although a perverse notion, is how lies could somehow actually be turned into reality. Baudolino explains, “When you say something you've imagined, and others then say that's exactly how it is, you end up believing it yourself.” Abdul, one of Baudolino’s friends expressed a similar whim, “The vision was an illusion, but what I now felt inside was not; it was true desire. When you feel it, it's not an illusion. It's real” (Eco, 2002). Umberto Eco suggests that fabricated lies are able to shape reality; even the liar convinces himself/herself that those lies are the truth.
In reality, almost everyone tells lies, basically to benefit one’s own interests. However, in trying so hard to convince others,
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Someone who frequently lies eventually loses the trust of people. Paradoxically, those who tell the biggest lies are still held high in society. The government officials for example, as part of their campaign will act as though they are really concerned of the welfare of its citizens. Although it is a superficial act, aside from being a great lie, society is convinced that these liars would make great leaders and so grant them their coveted positions. Often times, lying creates problems, but sometimes it is…show more content…
Lies also cover the truth, that’s why these cause trouble to many people. In Baudolino’s first attempt to save the Alessandrians, he conspired the appearance of Saint Peter as though protecting their newfound city: to prevent the attack. However, one of the men realizing that it must have been one of Baudolino’s tricks, wreaked havoc and confusion among the soldiers and the citizens of the city. Instead of resolving the conflict, Baudolino felt as though he merely worsened it; because of him, innocent and brave lives were lost. The gravest consequence of one of his lies was of concealing his adoptive father’s death. Since Baudolino and his friends were assigned to guard the emperor, they feared that they would be falsely accused of having murdered the emperor. To disguise that, they made it seem as though Frederick had died drowning in the river. At the end of the novel, Baudolino realized that his beloved father really wasn’t murdered in the room--merely unconscious. This meant that the emperor Frederick really died of drowning and could have lived had they told the

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