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The Theme of Truth in The Outsider, A streetcar named desire, Death and the maiden, A view from the bridge.

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Gabriela Soto Truth Gabriela Soto 2012 ________________ Truth Generally when we face a situation, decision, or something as simple as an answer, usually we have two paths to choose: Telling the truth or lying. When you choose to tell the truth you assume the consequences that this involves, how others will react, how they could judge you later and the most important thing, knowing that there is no turning back. And when we choose to lie, is just when we want to avoid everything. Why do we lie? There are more reasons why lying seems the best solution instead of telling the truth. This is the reason why we lie every day of our lives and we understand how difficult it is to tell the truth. If it's so hard to tell the truth, trust and just say things the way they are, we understand the difficult position that Meursault ("The Outsider"), Paulina ("Death and the Maiden"), Blanche ("Streetcar Named Desire" ) and Eddie in ("A View from the Bridge") had to face. These characters stand out and re-expose the importance of the meaning ?truth? and the consequences that lie implies. When we analyze Meursault, we see him as a true symbol of what telling the truth is. ...read more.

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She shows us the importance of defending the truth, especially our truth. She knows what she would have to face, to the charges, complaints, everything that could happen. But she is so sure of what she knows, of what she feel, that nothing would stop her to finally find that, the truth she have been looking for so long with despair. One important note is that Paulina is not looking to make it public. She just wants to hear it again, she wants to find the guilty and especially what she wants is that this guilty be aware of what he do. We can discuss the different reasons why Paulina decides to do that, to recall the past and not let it go. Why she wants to hear the story from the lips of this man? Perhaps some will consider it as an act of pride, others consider it as a form of therapy. I see it as finally be able to leave everything behind, like a new beginning. Knowing that it was not her fault that it was someone else?s fault and knowing that this man is going to live carrying all this guilty in his consciences. ...read more.

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Similarly, he lies to himself simply because he does not want to admit something, because he knows is perverse. Unlike Blanche, he is not guided by others comments, he cares more of what he feels, especially for what his conscience may dictate him. For Eddie lying is very simple, and he does it all the time, he lies to his wife, to his niece, friends and others. But for the way he then acts after every lie, we can see that both he tries to deny and hide something that would finally come to light. In conclusion lie and truth will always be two ways that are going to be present in our life. It is important to keep in mind the value of truth, that even if it hurts, it will be always the best choice for us. Lying usually takes you to continue doing so, to create something that will be very difficult to go back. We should think what is best, lest take for example the life of these characters, that being extremism is not the solution. If we decide to tell the truth, we must take into account how others will react and that would be the best way to tell it. No one says that truth is easy, but at least it would helps us to keep our soul and conscience clean. ________________ [1] Mr. Roger Lovett words. ...read more.

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