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Effects Of False Appearances Essay

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Effects of false appearances

Appearances can be seen as impressions given by someone else. Perception plays a big part on how appearances are misleading. In The Imposter Bride, by Nancy Richler, Yanna’s perception of herself and the Kramer family’s perception of her lead to the destruction of their lives. In Life of Pi, by Yann Martel, Pi creates a false appearance which helps him cope with the tragedy he endures. In One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, by Ken Kesey, the main characters create false appearances to hide their true intentions. The novels show that false appearances lead to psychological problems. The psychological problems caused by false appearances are regret, loss of identity and lack of self-worth.
Regret is a psychological consequence of deception that alters the conduct of the affected characters, to a great extent. For many characters it is challenging to see through Yanna’s false appearance, but that was not the case for Sol. Sol “saw, a broken life, a frightened woman, a marriage that would bind him-however briefly-to grief” and therefore, regrets, agreeing to marry Yanna (Richler 7). Sol’s consent for marriage to Yanna causes him greater regret as his brother’s and niece’s lives are ruined as a result of this arrangement. Yanna pretends to be a loving mother and wife but truly she is not. Years later, when Ruth finally meets her mother Yanna, she finds out that her mother is also apologetic for the way her false appearance affected her first family. Ruth says that, “she had told them about me, finally she had begged for their forgiveness and understanding for her long kept secret and asked them to bring me to her side” which shows Yanna’s repentance for hiding the truth from her new family (Richler 352). It also shows that Yanna also regrets deceiving her second family because she had intended on a new start to her deceptive life, one that would be free of false appearances.
Similarly, in Life of Pi false appearances lead to actions that are eventually regretted by the affected characters. The cook is portrayed as a brutal man who lacks morality. He kills Pi’s mother to show his superiority amongst other individuals stuck on the lifeboat. He also seems to show no regard for human life. However, “he let himself be killed, though it was still a struggle. He knew he had gone too far, even by his bestial standards. He had gone too far and now he didn’t want to go on living any more … Why do we cling to our evil ways?”(Martel 344). This confirms the fact that the cook regrets killing Pi’s mother so he feels that his life should be ended as a punishment for the inhumane action he commits. The false appearance the cook portrays which is, having no morals, was false because he regrets murdering Pi’s mother. Pi in the text seems to be a religious and an individual with moral values but that is false because his true self emerges when he kills the cook. Pi says that “He was such an evil man. Worst still he met the evil in...

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