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Consequences of Deception in Humanism What roles does deception play in peoples lives People use lying and falsehood in order to get away with the consequences of their fault We apparently need illusions to feel good about ourselves and to maintain a sense of self-continuity Lewis Saarni 7 However these lies destine peoples to the point where they face harsher consequences Although there are many other elements that fall under the category of human wickedness deception plays major role for human deterioration In a moraless society deception of humans results in the loss of lives or friendship Deception possesses the potential to result in the loss of lives This idea is displayed through in classical literary works In F Scott Fitzgeralds novel The Great Gatsby the author illustrates how deception causes people to lose their lives by his illustration of Myrtle Wilson Myrtle deceives her husband by having the secret affair with Tom Buchanan Tom answers Nicks question about their affair Wilson He thinks she goes to see her sister in New York Hes so dumb he doesnt know hes alive Fitzgerald 30 Myrtles deception eventually leads her to a sudden death Daisy kills Myrtle by running into her while driving Gatsbys car Nick Carraway explains scene of Myrtles death The other car the one going toward New York came to rest a hundred yards beyond and its driver hurried back to where Myrtle Wilson her life violently extinguished knelt in the road and mingled her thick dark blood with the dust Fitzgerald 144-145 By showing this tragic end of Myrtle Fitzgerald reminds the readers how deception ruins a persons life Similar aspects are shown through Geoffrey Chaucers writings In the Medieval authors The Pardoners Tale Chaucer shows how three rioters deceptions lead them to their own death Three rioters exemplify deception While the youngest goes into town and fetch food and drink the other two remain and decide to murder the third in
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