Lying: a Metaphorical Memoir by Lauren Slater

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Essay: What does the narrator seem to want from the reader? How does she go about getting what she wants? The meta-truth: metaphorical truth In Lying: A Metaphorical Memoir, Lauren Slater attempts to create a new kind of truth called metaphorical truth: emotional truth explained using metaphors instead of facts. She confuses fact and fiction even though it is a memoir and thus creates a convoluted tale of herself where she may or may not be epileptic. Initially, the readers believe that she uses metaphorical truth to make them understand the essence of her life. By the end of the book, they begin to also believe that she wants to ask them, as a last resort, to help her in her healing process by the following: giving her much need…show more content…
This belief is supported by the text throughout. Firstly, she displays an attention-seeking behavior. It appears to stem from the lack of attention that she receives from her mother. Although she hates her mother for not treating her right, she continues to devise new ways to please her and come under her notice. When she realizes that her mother will never be that source of comfort for her, she turns to external sources by using deceitful means. She seeks it from the nuns at Saint Christopher’s and the nurses, both at her school and at the various hospitals where she faked seizures. Her relationship with Christopher is characterized primarily by her need to receive some affection for which she initiates writing to attract him. Similarly, she starts attending AA group meetings only to receive some comfort from its members even though she is not an alcoholic and she acknowledges that it is dishonest to be posing as one. She looks for attention from so many people, but with no one else to turn to, the readers feel that she is ultimately asking them for it. The strongest evidence is presented when she says that writing is a way for her to reach out to others, encouraging readers to continue pursuing this line of thought (173). Moreover, the readers feel that by receiving this attention, Slater wants to clear her conscience of the guilt of all the

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