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The Invention of Lying Essay

  • Submitted by: maryeliz1994
  • on June 22, 2014
  • Category: Social Issues
  • Length: 695 words

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The Invention of Lying
Linda Williams
Soc 300

The Invention of Lying
The fight between man and his conscious is what makes us feel guilty. The two selves, the “I” and the “Me” do not always agree on the activities an individual might want to do. It does not help that society sets such high standard that living up to them usually brings about cases of mental cases, inferiority and superiority complexes. The movie The Invention of Lying (Gervais & Robinson, 2009) depicts what it felt like for Mark to be the underdog, a loser whom no one wanted to be with. He goes on to try and address the subjective meanings imposed on him by his behaviors.
The movie shows of a world where word of mouth is considered and taken pure and lying is unknown. This is not possible where symbolic interaction has a role. The character played by Gervais (Mark), has a bad stand in the society. First off, he gets fired as a writer. The society, his company to be precise; sees him as used up and dry and cannot deliver anymore.
Just as Mark wakes up the next day, his apartment leaser comes by to collect the rent that he knows he cannot afford because he only has $300 remaining in his account. The reaction of the leaser is as expected because in this setting, lies are unknown. The audience recognizes with this scene because at some point every grown up has met a similar situation. The only difference is that at that time, no lies were told unlike the real society setting.
When Mark goes to the bank to collect his last money and close off his account, something snaps in him. This is the turning point; the part where the whole story takes a twist and beholds a lie is born. With the lie, a series of events that Mark would have never thought of, unfold. Out of the lie that Mark tells to the bank teller, a new social status is born. He becomes a rich guy, writes a wonderful story that everyone wants to associate with.
At this point, one has to appreciate the way that one’s financial status...

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