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...