Living a Lie...

In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird, lying is an important theme that keeps coming up throughout the whole book whether in Dill 's crazy stories or during Tom Robinson’s case, in Robert and Mayella Ewell's testimonies. Now, even though both situations are significantly different, they both share a very humane similarity, to which most people can relate to, pain: "one must lie under certain circumstances and at all times when one can't do anything about them," (Lee 171). Both of these characters had a complicated childhood where they suffered from either abandon or abuse. Their past and recent pains made both of them feel embarrassed of themselves to the point where they felt like they had to lie to be accepted. As if their only escape from reality was their shield of lies.

For those in pain, it is easier, sometimes even needed, to hide behind a mask of lies rather than to confront the truth.

Lee, Harper. To Kill a Mockingbird. 50th Anniversary Edition. New York: Grand Central Publishing, 2010. Print.

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