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Taming Of The Shrew Essay

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Danielle Robertson Essay #3 Shakespeare Taming of the Shrew
Shakespeare's play, The Taming of the shrew, illustrates Twains point in "The Decay of the Art of Lying" that judicious liars are beneficial. Not in every case can a lie be beneficial but in certain cases such as to help someone, to make another person feel better about themselves or even in some cases to bring people together. Though these lies, sometimes known as "white lies" are judicial there are other lies that definitely are justified but are not beneficial. Lies that hurt others and cause harm in any kind of way whether it be mental, physical or emotional can in every way be justified but not beneficial. However some lies thought to be justified and beneficial can have negative repercussions in the end. If a lie is properly justified with reasons that are not selfish and can benefit the one being lied to instead of the liar then judicious lies can be beneficial.According to Mark Twain, "children and fools always speak the truth." "The deduction is plain-adults and wise persons never speak it. Everybody lies--every day; every hour; awake; asleep; in his dreams; in his joy; in his mourning; if he keeps his tongue still, his hands, his feet, his eyes, his attitude, will convey deception--and purposely." This meaning that those who know no better will speak the truth, but those persons who have more knowledge of life know how to lie and how to lie good. Twain claims that everyone lies. Lying occurs so often by man that it happens even when one is not aware of it. It can occur even when one is sleeping and even when one does not actually speak lies verbally his actions will deceive.Lies that are justified and beneficial are lies that not only give the "liar" and sense of satisfaction but give the person or persons being lied to some type of benefit that's not to harm them. For example, a mother lies to her child telling them that eating chocolate will make all of their teeth fall out. The mother has a sense of satisfaction that the child will not eat any more chocolate but the child also is not being harmed but in the long run achieved the benefits of not having cavities. The mother only lied to the child not out of anger or scorn, but out of concern for the child's dental hygiene and wanted the child to not have cavities or weakened enamel from eating too many bad foods. The child though, may not like the idea of their teeth falling out is not harmed in anyway and will in turn look for more healthy alternatives for their sugary fix.Though there are lies that are justified and beneficial there are lies that are justified but not beneficial. When a lie is told simply for the one lying to achieve something at the others expense the lies become unbeneficial. An example of this is once again a mother that lies to her child. Only this time the mother is lying about not having enough money to buy the child his or her toy of interest. The mother lied because she did not want the child to...

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