Lies We Tell Kids

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Janice Macara 21 November 2012 Lies We Tell Kids As we all know, telling a lie is wrong. In the essay “Lies We Tell Kids”, there are some controversial ideas that Paul Graham addresses. The answers to several questions, such as “Why do we still lie if we know it’s wrong?”, or “Are there any consequences behind those lies that are told?”, are answered throughout Graham’s essay. Paul Graham’s unique use of style utilizes techniques in the form of point of view, organization and syntax, help strengthen the meaning of his essay regarding why we lie to kids and therefore, is it really wrong. Firstly, Graham has used a specific point of view to address the fact that parents lie to protect their kids. He writes in first person, which allows him to purely write on his own perspective since he’s trying to relate with the people who read this. For example, from the beginning of his essay, the reader can clearly tell the author’s opinion, when he says: “Adults lie constantly to kids. I’m not saying we should stop, but I think we should at least examine which lies we tell and why”. This first person point of view limits the audience to read about something viewing the author’s perspective and opinion, but at the same time helps Graham’s point of view become more direct. This technique has also helped Paul’s message regarding lying for protection be more understandable since he includes personal examples such as “I was 29 when I moved to New York and I was surprised even then”, to support hat although kids think that the world they are living in is peaceful and harmonious, the real world is full of deceit and treachery, and kids don’t know what kind of people they will meet once they step out of the door. But the most common reason this happens is because parents want to protect their kids. Generally, Graham’s first point of view clearly helps his message come across and

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