Kurt Vonnegut's "The Lie": Portrayal Of A Moral Society



In the short story, "The Lie", by Kurt Vonnegut, the author
portrays a moral society. He does this by displaying a private prep school
as perfect. This wealthy preparatory school, the Whitehill School For Boys,
is welcoming and accepting of the new state requested integration of
Africans in their educational institution. Vonnegut's characters display no
harsh feelings, resentment, or distaste towards this course of action.
Whitehill also enthusiastically tries get the smartest boys they can,
regardless of whether the boys' families can afford tuition. The standards
to get in Whitehill are based on the intelligence of the boy, not his
family's wealth. Another example of how righteous this ...

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favors, is
surprised that anyone smart enough can get in, and is curious about the
integration. Her character is truthful about money and privilege. She
stands out as the other characters act as though society follows idealistic
rules. Vonnegut conveys a false sense of moral values in a private
organization. He shows how an establishment should behave under these
circumstances. Therefore, the title The Lie not only refers to young Eli's
lie to his parents, but also a lie told by the author as he mocks the
corruption in private schools.
The first place Sylvia speaks the truth is when the Remenzels are
riding in the car with their black chauffeur and she brings up the issue of
the Africans. It is in this scene, where Sylvia's voice of truth breaches
the issue of the new installment of black people. Her questions and her
commentary only make everyone else's view contrast with the truth. ""How
would you feel about it if you had to room with one of those Africans?" Eli
shrugged ...

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