The Truth In David Eggers's 'The Circle' By David Eggers

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In The Circle by David Eggers, all personal secrets are considered deception. Withholding the most insignificant opinion or experience is tantamount to a blatant lie. Therefore, the central character Mae deceives her viewers when she partakes in private conversations with her friend Annie. Eggers uses Mae’s internal conflict over privacy and her eventual confession to express how idealism can delude an individual’s morality. Mae’s transparency causes her to discretely modify her behavior until she is no longer herself. She undergoes these slight behavior changes as a result of being watched by thousands every single day. After going transparent, she pays more attention to every little movement and decision she makes - everything from what she eats to how she dresses. She makes these adjustments because being constantly surveilled makes her more self-conscious and sensitive to other people's’ opinions. As a representative of the Circle to the whole entire world, she faces the pressure of presenting an image of perfection. This pressure to appear perfect every moment of every day results in the deterioration of both Mae’s mental health and identity. However, the idealistic beliefs of the Circle prevent her from recognizing her new lifestyle as unhealthy. She convinces herself that being watched is “a good kind of calibration” for her personal habits. Her acceptance of the Circle infringing on every aspect of her life shows how Mae loses her personhood for the sake of

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