Fear Is Simply the Consequence of Every Lie

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Critical Lens Essay
Fyodor Dostoevsky’s quote “Fear is simply the consequence of every lie” shows that when one is not honest to someone and comes out of it. I agree with Dostoevsky’s quote. Ultimately lying causes worrying and fearing that the person that was lied to will find out the truth. This statement is clearly explained in “The Necklace” by Guy de Maupassant and “The Tell Tale Heart” by Edgar Allen Poe.

In “The Necklace” Madame Loisel lost a necklace of her friends and bought another that looked just like it and gave to her friend that she borrowed it from Madame Forestier. Because Madame Loisel lied she was afraid that Madame Forestier would see that the necklace was not the same. It took her ten years to pay off the debt that she created and right after she had finished paying the debt it is ironic that she ran into Madame Forestier. Later Madame Loisel finds out that the jewels on the necklace were false and didn’t cost more than a thousand francs. If she had told her the truth she would not have wasted ten years of her life living in fear that Madame Forestier would figure that it is not the same necklace.

In “The Tell Tale Heart” the narrator killed an elder man that he took care of. When he killed the man police came when he heard him scream. The narrator has a paranoid nature where he is convinced that they will find out that the police will find the body and catch him. But his own paranoid personality combined with the fear of them catching him caused him to outburst and just tell the truth.

In conclusion, I believe the quote “Fear is simply the consequence of every lie” is true because in both these short stories both the protagonists lied and the lie caused fear in both of them.
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