Motives and Thoughts

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Riche 1 Carlyle S. Riche Jr. English 102.036 Professor Dubose March 10th 2010 The Observation of Global Deception: A Persuasive Essay on Lauryn Hill’s “Motives and Thoughts” Edward George Bulwer-Lytton once said, “When the world has got hold of a lie, it is astonishing how hard it is to kill it. You can beat it over the head, till it seems to have given up the ghost and behold! The next day it is as healthy as ever” (53). Lauryn Hill, an astounding singer, actress, musician and above all artist, who has produced many brilliant and masterful works of art in her career. From writing songs to appearing in American films but her poetic strength has projected the farthest, Hill’s poems speak to many, striking nerves and emotions never…show more content…
Although, the persona does state that the actual truth exists in some. Hill acknowledges that some have not given into what society wants us to believe and have adopted their own way of thinking and living. This is clearly proven in the poem when the author states, “Light shown in darkness, image exposed. Few can see through the new emperor’s clothes” (lines 13 &14). Light illuminates the idea of the truth in society. Hill alludes to “new emperor’s clothes,” primary symbolizing lies and deception (line 13). The persona states that few can actually see through the lies that have been provided. When we are being lied to time after time, these lies become a part of our psyche and are then repeated and reproduced later in time. This false belief is slowly killing the minds of society. Fallacy is defined as “deceptive appearance, guile, trickery, or false or mistaken idea” (Merriam-Webster 1). The persona presents the fact that we have been sucked into what the world wants us to believe. The more we are lied to, the more we are going to be negatively affected. “Moral dilemma, pride is the root. Misguided from youth, heart divided from truth” (lines 28 &29).We have been taken from what is right and thrown into the wrong. Hill is stating that we have been “misguided” at a very young age. Our minds and hearts have been separated from what is right in the world. Lacan’s Model of the Psyche can be directly related to how the persona feels about this

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