October 9, 2009
The Truth about the Truth
Truth is perceived as a virtue in our society. Honesty is planted into the human mind and is encouraged to apply it throughout their life. For example, many people from their childhood are thought to be honest no matter how difficult it may be and are granted accolade, for the encouragement of doing it again. Honesty is favored in life by everyone, so people know the facts and build our character on it. People use honesty on our likes and dislikes in life, and by letting others know a part of our lives. Everyone is entitled the right to be sincere, but there are those who are imposters of candor because honesty is difficult to express rather than lying which requires minimal courage that a number of people do not have. However, truth is a luxury. When one speaks the truth it does not require any effort and it is the honest opinion of an individual who is not petrified of the result of the action. The author, R.K. Narayan, reveals through irony in the short story, “Like the Sun”, that candor ultimately has pleasant and unpleasant consequences. Sekhar encounters unpleasant consequences as he told the absolute truth to the people around him. The problems arouse when he determined to tell the outmost truth throughout the entire day. The first confrontation was with his wife at breakfast as he commented that her food was inedible. The author Narayan uses imagery “He saw her wince” (252) to portray the outcome of his action. Sekhar told the truth to his wife of him not being fond of her cooking, and displayed her reaction to portray as how deeply she was wounded by his remark. His honesty affected his wife and her hard work and effort that she put to make him breakfast. Later at work Sekhar is asked to critic his head master’s vocal skills. The headmaster sets up an appeasing atmosphere for the event and began his performance, shortly after the headmaster pleads...