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Lying is a concept that has the disastrous potential to cause destruction but also has the ability to protect. In 'Candelo', more often than not it is not lying that creates havoc for the characters but the withholding of the truth.

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TEXT RESPONSE: CANDELO Lying is a concept that has the disastrous potential to cause destruction but also has the ability to protect. In 'Candelo', more often than not it is not lying that creates havoc for the characters but the withholding of the truth. It is arguable that both are as bad as each other. The consequences of this issue affects the way the characters in Candelo live and it is evident that they struggle to move on with their lives because of a past never dealt with. The book investigates many themes such as death and relationships but ultimately they all revolve around the themes of deceit and lies. Everyone in the book has to deal with the problems caused by lies. All the characters underestimate the capacity of lies and the consequences for many of them are quite tragic whilst for others a lie proves to be a saviour. Trust, truth and guilt are all awkward relations to lies. Candelo chooses to form its basis on the message that these three themes protrude. Every person in the book is somehow unfortunately negatively related to these themes. Ursula, the main character and narrator, breaks her trust with everyone, including her mother and brother, boyfriend and friends. ...read more.

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A balanced relationship that resulted from lies, was between Bernard and Ursula. His desertion cause Ursula to realise how much she felt for her father but at the same time Ursula hated her father for what he had done to the family. Bernard also allowed Ursula to live a noncommittal life resulting in a failure to form a career and any sort of confidence in her own ability. This eventuated in bringing them closer together but at the same time further apart, all as a consequence of lies to others and ones self. A character, yet to be mentioned, Mitchell played a major role in the plot of the book and explored a sensual relationship with Ursula despite the fact she would deny it to herself. She is unable to escape what happened in the past between her and Mitchell because she refused to accept their relationship and denied that it even happened. They shared a friendship and trust yet she seemed embarrassed by this. The agonising result of this was Ursula was not able to move on from the past and continued to form meaningless relationships as her father had done after leaving Vi. She was taught the incorrect lesson to walk away when thing became too hard instead of fighting for what you wanted. ...read more.

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The second death in the book, that of Mitchell, gave some of the characters a chance to revisit the past and correct their lives to a large degree. An event as big as Mitchell's death seems the only possible avenue to bring out the truth and the apparent turning point where they accept what they had done and realise there was absolutely nothing they could do about it. The ultimate consequence of lying about the first death was in fact the second death, that of Mitchell, and Simon could well be at fault for both. The issues and themes raised in Candelo have enabled us to see that the concept of lying has the capacity to cause desolation, misery, lack of trust, empty lives and the ability to imperil others. On the other hand it can also have the ability to harbour and protect. Despite the fact lies played a major role in the text, the abstaining from the truth arguably played an equal part. There were many consequences as a result of deceit, evident in all of the characters and these consequences incapacitated their ability to move on from Candelo and establish fruitful lives with meaningful relationships. TEXT RESPONSE: CANDELO ADAM NICHOLSON KM12 MR. KLUGE Yr. 12 ENGLISH COMMUNICATIONS ...read more.

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