Heart of Darkness
A lie is an untruth. It can be a false statement or a statement
left unsaid which causes someone to be misled. In life lies are told
for many different reasons. In fiction they thicken the plot. In
Conrad's Heart of Darkness, Marlow dislikes lies and therefore
only tells two, both in extraordinary circumstances, and the lies show
the following about Marlow: even though he has been touched by evil,
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to believe that. Since he never actually vocalized a lie, he was
better able to justify them to himself.
Marlow dislikes lies, and only tells them in extraordinary
circumstances. When he does lie, it is for the sake of others, not
himself. This shows that he is a kind human being. It is unfortunate
that all lies are not told with such noble purpose. The world would be
a better place if they were.