Critical Lens "Fear Is Simply the Consequence of Every Lie"

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Tony Cottone 11/23/12
English Critical Lens Essay

Fyodor Dostoevsky’s quote, “…fear is simply the consequence of every lie”, illustrates a feeling one gets when one is untruthful. When one lies, fear fully takes them over because they are unsure of what the outcome will be of their lie. They will be filled with fear and anxiety waiting to see how their action of being untruthful affects their environment and their life. From my experience of literature, I can comfortably agree with this idea. People who lie will experience some form of regret and develop anxiety from the fear that builds up. Many different novels illustrate this idea, including To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee and Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee details the effects of untruthfulness, especially in part II of the novel. This book’s setting is a small county called Maycomb. The whole county of Maycomb is very racist. Atticus is a criminal defense attorney only doing his job and not discriminating against the black man he’s defending. Mayella Ewell lies about being raped and how fear took her over when Atticus started to defend the case because she was unsure of how far she could let her lies get. This strongly defends Dostoevsky’s statement. The line in the book "Shoot, all the blue jays you want, but remember it’s a sin to kill mockingbird" is referring to the black man in the story, Tom Robinson. He symbolizes a mockingbird because mockingbirds sing for our enjoyment and stay out of harms way, so if you kill them it’s a sin. He is the mockingbird in the story and all he does is stay out of harms way and is accused of a crime and in the end is eventually found guilty. Mayella’s lie results into the death of Tom Robinson because the town believes her and didn’t want to take a black mans side. William Shakespeare’s writing symbolizes this quote quite frequently. Romeo and Juliet is one of his plays that...
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