English 11A: P1
9 October 2013
How does lying really help you?
Lying, most people find that by lying in a situation it can make it better or easier to get out of but in reality, it can actually make things much worse. As seen in the movies Easy A and “The Crucible” the main protagonists start off with innocent lies not knowing how it would affect them in the long run and how it would affect the people that they cared about the most.
Olive Penderghast began her life lesson with telling a harmless lie about sleeping with a college boy just, so she could tell her friend what she wanted to hear and improve her reputation. Olive unknowingly created a chain ...view middle of the document...
“A woman comes to my bed every night now and tears out my eyes.” (Abigail) “Can you make out who she may be?” (Judge Danforth) “I believe she be Reverend John Hale's wife sir.”(Abigail) “You must be mistaken my child. The wife of a minister be unlikely...” (Judge Danforth) “Satan may reach anyone sir.” (Abigail) Abigail begins to manipulate the people of the town to pit everyone against each other, creating a distraction from what she truly wants, which is the love of John Proctor and the death of his wife Elizabeth Proctor. Nevertheless, along the way she gets’ innocent people into the mix, which eventually causes their cruel death, but soon people figure out that it is a huge sham. In addition, at the end of the whole fiasco her one true desire John Proctor is killed, making the whole lie a waste of human life.
In conclusion, both movies Easy A and “The Crucible” have one theme in common and that is, that no matter how big or how small a lie is, it can always have a negative outcome. However, the reasoning behind a lie can also justify its purpose unlike Abigail; Olive used her lying not only helping herself but for the power of good to protect others from humiliation.
While devious Abigail conjured lies to only please herself and gain control over others to get want benefited herself, not questioning whether it be good or bad. In reality both parties could be considered justified in today’s society because, it is based off lies, rumors, and judgment. Most people feel that they have the need to lie just to fit in or receive attention from others, which is our never-ending cycle of lying.