What Causes Fear?

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What causes fear? According to Fyodor Dostoevsky, “… fear is simply the consequence to every lie.” The quote is self-explanatory, fear is the consequence of every lie someone tells. The person who’s lying will fear that someone would find out or get caught. I agree; Dostoevsky is correct. This is evident “The Tell-Tale Heart” by Edgar Allan Poe. One work which explores the theme of fear is Poe’s short story “The Tell-Tale Heart”. This story is told by a narrator and explains why he is locked up. The narrator is characterized by Poe as a lunatic and bizarre person. The narrator kills and old innocent man because of his eye. Police men came up to him and asked him few questions about the old man. The narrator kept lying to the police and thought they knew he was lying. The narrator was wrong, the police didn’t have a clue he was the one who the killed the old man. The narrator kept lying to the police; as a result, he feared that the police men would find out. Before the police arrived and started to ask questions, he wasn’t afraid to get caught. After he lied to the police, he feared that the police already knew everything. Fyodor Dostoevsky once said, “…fear is simply the consequence of every lie”. The quote means that when a person tells a lie they would fear they would get caught. When one lies, fear fully takes over because they are unsure of what the outcome will be. They will be filled with fear and anxiety waiting to see how their action of being untruthful affects them. In 1984, by George Orwell, Winston lied to the Party and feared he would get caught. In “The Tell-Take Heart”, by Edgar Allan Poe, the narrator lies to the police and fears he would get caught. Both works of literature show characters lying and then afraid they would get
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