The Way We Lie by Stephanie Ericsson (Techniques: (Definitions in Writing…
The Way We Lie by Stephanie Ericsson
Main Idea of the Essay
Dominio Effect of the Lies: The accumulation of the lies
Presents a moral question: If we constantly lie, how are we considered to be honest people
Answers the Question: "Sure I lie, but it doesn't hurt anything. Or does it?"
"But if I justify lying ,what makes me any different from slick politicians or the corporate robbers who raided...."
"Consider the meaning of our actions"
Beginning the essay with a question: "Sure I lie, but it doesn't hurt anything. Or does it?"
Quotes to introduce the sections of the paragraph
Brings attention towards the section, highlights what you're going to talk about, borrowing other people's ethos.
Definitions in Writing (mode)
Ericsson uses it to see the exceptions to the definition
Sets up an exploration into answering the main question
Repetition of "we" in the second paragraph to unify us in this act of lying, we all do it
The one that we all do, acknowledge to do, the one we feel most justify in doing
"The White Lie assumes that the truth will cause more damage than a simple, harmless untruth"
Truth becomes a bad thing
"Vote of no confidence"
Ambiguity, its complicated
"Most of the truth minus one or two key facts whose absence changes the story completely "
Examples: Eve and Lilith
Stereotypes and Cliche
Form of Shorthand
Lies of exaggeration, omission, ignorance
See excuses as facts
Self defense mechanism
Ending the Essay with rhetorical questions, to challenge that the culture has lost its way of using its own judgement