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Mirrors Don’t Lie in Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.'s The Lie

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Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.'s The Lie - Mirrors Don’t Lie

In The Lie by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., Eli Remenzel is a thirteen-year-old boy on his way to The Whitehill Preparatory School with his parents.  Little do they know that Eli is keeping a big secret from them: he didn’t get accepted to the school.  As the story unfolds Eli finally cracks under the pressure of the lie as the headmaster informs his parents that he wasn’t accepted at Whitehill.  What happens next is a disaster.  As I was reading the story I noticed a lot of qualities in the different characters that are traits I see in myself.  Eli, his mother Sylvia, and his father Doctor Remenzel all have different characteristics that reflect me.  These characteristics are what blend together to make me a unique individual.

First I’ll focus on the similarities between Eli and myself. Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. writes, “Eli sat up again, but began to slump almost immediately (…) hoping to die or disappear.”  This was written while Eli kept the secret from his parents. As I reread the passage I disliked the way...

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...ed the similarities between Doctor Remenzel and myself right away.

            In conclusion, I disliked The Lie, because the characters in it exemplify the worst qualities in myself.  Whether it’s not being honest with my family, being self-absorbed, or my uncontrollable temper, I cannot like characters that possess these traits because I hate these traits within myself. Reading about the characters is like looking into a mirror, and like the title says, mirrors don’t lie.


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