Critical Lens Essay

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Denisse Q Fear is a real life emotion that is born out of truth as well as lies. Fyoder Dostoevsky once said “Fear is the consequence of every lie”. What this means is that fear is always situated when one lies. I agree with this lens; Dostoevsky is correct. Two works that proves the veracity of Dostoevsky’s statement are George Orwell's science fiction novel 1984 and Edgar Allen Poe’s short story Tell Tale Heart. The Tell Tale Heart is told by an unnamed narrator who evaders to convince the reader of his sanity while describing a murder he’s committing. The victim was an old man who the narrator never had hatred towards but hatred toward the “vulture eye” when it was simply a catalyst. Furthermore the murder was carefully calculated and hides the body under the floor boards. Soon the police come in and question another situation that had nothing to do with the old man. Ultimately the tone of the narrators manifest itself in the form of the sound of the old mans heart beat. The narrator got more scared and began to hallucinate and his fear confessed saying the hidden body is under the floor boards. The tone of this short story is described as very bleak and bizarre, the narrators guilt and fear of consequence made him manifest the truth. This short passage proves Dostoevsky’s quote to be accurate. Additionally another work which proves Dostoevsky’s quote to be true is George Orwell’s dystopian novel 1984. In 1984, fear rules the totalitarian society in Oceania. One of the citizens, Winston Smith starts a journal of his rebellious thoughts against the Party, which is absolutely illegal. Its no secret that your thoughts can get you arrested, beaten and killed. If discovered, the journal will result in execution. Working at his job he becomes curious about “the brunette” Julie. He feared that she was a member of the Thought Police but the paranoia ends when

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