After reading both stories, I found that I enjoyed Stephanie Ericsson’s, “The Ways We Lie” the most. This story was very interesting and made me think of many different things. I did not realize that there were so many different ways to lie. I was guilty of doing a few of them. After reading the section about the white lie, I realized that I do this sometimes without even noticing it. Ericsson gives the example of when your friend may look terrible one day, but you tell them that they look nice just so they would feel better. Most people, along with myself, do not see this as a bad thing because you are doing something good for someone else, but either way you are still lying. As I continued reading, I was also shocked about a few parts, especially
Many authors have written novels in which characters are misled by another, either through love or for the simple act of lying to protect someone’s identity. In The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Jay Gatsby does both to Nick and Daisy, along with everyone else he’s met. Gatsby lies to Daisy about his death, and to everyone else about who he was before he met them. Most of Gatsby’s relationships are based on lies, and he’s lied so much that he believes he is instead telling the truth.
Stephanie Ericsson, through personal anecdotes in her essay “The Ways We Lie,” reveals that no matter how big or how small, a lie is a lie. Throughout the essay, she defines the different ways people lie and explains to the reader the significance of the lies they tell. At the same time, she gives examples in which she lies because she believes that “we lie. We all do.” This keeps the readers from thinking she is criticizing everyone, but herself. As she sees it, we need to take in consideration the consequences of the lies we tell before telling the bank “my deposit is in the mail” when it isn’t. Such use of personal anecdotes support the theme and strengthen the essay because they establish pathos which move the audience to realize the impact
Alcoholism is one of the most delusional lies one can tell themselves. In the essay, “The Ways We Lie,” by Stephanie Ericsson, she states that, “alcoholics … believe that the problems in their lives are legitimate reasons for drinking rather than results of the drinking” (477). Alcoholics believe that they can stop at any time and that the benefits outweigh the side effects. They lie to themselves and lose trust from peers. I understand this first hand from my alcoholic granfather. Alcoholism is a direct result of being delusional. Delusion is the most catastrophic way to lie because it can cause physical danger, it creates isolation due to the lack of trust and it hides underlying issues of the delouser.
When lies become easy for the liar to create, and expected by the person being lied to, both parties will suffer the consequences of lying. At the beginning of the essay, the paragraph started in first-person tone “I” along with other pronouns such as “my” and “our.” Ericsson specifies that her lungs had been aching for “two hours,” and that her daughter was a “three-year-old” as well as that the bank called “today” and she was “on hold for an hour” (2,3). Then after that, she uses a metaphor “one more straw might break his back.” This means that her partner also had a bad day just like herself and she didn’t want to make his day worse than it already was (2). Then at the end of the paragraph, she uses “there must be some merit to lying.” What she means that she tries to spend a week without lying which she then faces some challenges for telling the truth. Therefore, she realizes there must be some sort of happiness or a prize for telling lies. All these detailed descriptions of time and place contribute to the detached, yet personal, nature of the writing which has helped her to formulate a thesis that is both relatable to individuals and also be capable of being extrapolated to the masses. This shift she makes can be seen in the transformation from “I” pronouns in the first and second paragraph to the “we” pronouns which were used in the third paragraph
In the play there is a character with the name of John Proctor and he has had sexual relations with Abigail and instead of coming clean he continues to lie to his wife to keep her from hurting her feelings but what he doesn’t realize is that she already knows what happened between John and Abigail. John Proctor is responsible for almost all the chaos going on in the village because he lies and makes it seem like he’s always true but he doesn’t see it that way and instead of coming clean, he continues to lie to protect himself from being shamed and also to stop his wife from finding about the incident between Abigail. If John never had sexual relations with Abigail and lied to his wife the girls, the people of the village wouldn't be in this predicament. John realizes his wife isn’t acting the same and that she seems sad and depressed and he also feels some guilt from hiding the truth this leaves him wanting to please her but as he tries it doesn’t really seem to make her happy and it only makes her question him more. “On Sunday let you come with me, and we’ll walk the farm together” (Miller Act 2 Page
Have you ever thought that things could never get worse? That this is going to be the worse part of your life and everything is going to be wonderful? More often than not this is never true, and in this instance in the book Lies by Michael Grant these kid’s lives are changing for the worst. It has been seven months now since all of the adults and teenagers at least the age of fifteen vanished out of nowhere like water in the desert (☺ Simile). Additionally, there is a gigantic dome that is enclosing Perdido Beach and Coates Academy and no one can get out. To make things even more interesting, there is no connection from the outside world and for some reason kids are developing powers and people are coming back from the dead. Also, there is a dearth of food and everyone is starving. Presently, there is a vast fire that is burning the town of Perdido Beach and Sam Temple (the leader of Perdido
In “The Ways we Lie,” Stephanie Ericsson expresses her own life experience as an example to show, how difficult it is to balance the moral value of living a lie and the consequences of telling the truth in real life. Ericsson expresses her views thoroughly on how “we all lie” for different reasons and for different purposes. In “The Way We Lie,” informational essay, some of the words contradict each other, for example, she explains the impossibility and the consequences of telling the truth all the time, while she explains the consequences of telling a lie without taking a side. She used those statements to build a strong bond with readers by eliminating judgment and creating humble moments. Ericsson’s essay grasped my attention easily and intrigued me so much that, I couldn’t keep my eyes of the pages; the end of each paragraph brought me to have text-to-self connections.
Dealing with the harsh truths of life can be tough for anyone to cope with which is why people tell themselves lies. These lies are called life lies-- a falsehood people tell themselves to rationalize the lifestyle they are living or actions they have committed. Tennessee Williams and Henrik Ibsen investigate how life lies can turn into delusions- a state of mind or way of life, when they are used to cope with the stressors of everyday life. Williams’ protagonist, Blanche DuBois, was a former southern belle forced to move in with her sister, Stella, after her husband’s suicide and being evicted from Belle Reve, her family home. To cope with these traumatic events, Blanche decided to recreate her character. To do so, she lied to the people
In Stephanie Ericsson's essay, "The Ways We Lie," (1992), the author explains that a person can lie without even knowing they are doing so simply because it is part of the human nature. Ericsson uses personal life situations, such as: lying to the bank about a check being in the mail, lying about the reason why she was late to a business meeting, and telling a friend she was busy and could not go eat with her. Her main purpose is to explain the different types of lies told daily by most people in order to illustrate that although we may not realize we are lying, technically we are and sometimes it could be for the good of the person or for the worse. Ericsson relates to his target audience, everyone, by stating everyone lies one way or another,
Comparative Essay – The Invention of Lying and That Eye, the Sky The Invention of Lying is a 2009 romantic comedy written and directed by comedian Ricky Gervais, an Atheist. The film is set in a world where no one can lie, that is until Mark Bellison (also played by Gervais) becomes the first person capable of lying. The use of religious satire created from Bellison “making up” a religion is a prominent part of the film and reflects Gervais’s values on religion. That Eye, the Sky is a 1986 novel by Tim Winton about a boy, Ort Flack and his life after his father is in a terrible car accident and how he looks to the sky for help, discovering God without even realising it.
The story starts with a woman trying to manage her busy life; struggling to meet all the demands of the day, such as; making it to a business meeting on time, paying bills, keeping up with her daughter, etc. She tells a few lies along the way without it having any effect on her conscience. The author points out how lying is almost impossible not to do; whether it be for good intentions, it is "nearly impossible" (Ericsson 359). Further into the story, the author states that there are a number of ways we lie and spends the rest of the story explaining the different types of lies that most of us can relate to.
We are sometimes manipulated into buying these products because it will work wonders or make us feel good about ourselves, well I could say that some products are good heck even amazing. However, there are those that are just plain wrong that are so egger to sell the product just to make profit off of us, not caring whether we are content with how it works. Have you ever wondered why the advertisements just keep repeating sometimes well it’s like they are just planting it in your head about this product that they are trying to sell you and that you must have according to the advertisers. According to writer Sienna Kossman she states how advertisers operate and how they get the consumers to buy the product she say that the way they get them
Think about the people that are admired, the goals that are set, and the obstacles that must be overcome. Coming to these decisions is how people live, and these decisions are come to by learning how to balance the following and breaking of rules.
We are all taught at a young age that lying is bad and we should always tell truth the truth shall set you free. Certainly characters from the movie Chicago directed by Rob Marshall and the book The Great Gatsby by: F. Scott Fitzgerald had a lot of trouble with the truth. They did not seem to stop lying in particular the female characters. They lie for their own benefit but also lie because of their fear what society will think of them as a result of their sins.