Fountain and Tomb- Ignorance and truth

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In the novel Fountain and Tomb by Naguib Mahfouz, the reader is thrown into a small alley in Cairo, Egypt in the 1920s. The narrator is an adult reliving his childhood through many random, interesting vignettes of his youth. We learn about many different aspects of Egyptian life from political rebellion, to arranged marriages, to religious devotion, to gang warfare. We are led to conclude that one of the major themes of the book is …

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…less frequently. Sometimes being ignorant of the Truth is better because it makes lives easier and happier. People donít necessarily need to know everything (the whole Truth), because what they donít know canít really hurt them. Truth comes with excess baggage, and it sometimes leads to conflict, hurt feelings, alienation, or broken hearts. As the old saying goes, ďIgnorance is bliss.Ē Fountain and Tomb does an excellent job of illustrating that cliche.