Analysis Of ' Hester 's ' The Twin Of Hannah Gray ' Essay

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Hester Gray, twin of Hannah Gray, is an elderly Christian lady who despises lying. She believes it is evil and should never be done even to save a life. Although it is a sin, she later learns that dishonesty can be used for good. Hester believed, “In it a lie had no place. In it a lie was unthinkable. In it speech was restricted to absolute truth, iron-bound truth, implacable and uncompromising truth, let the resulting consequences be what they might.” (Twain 1). Strong Christians value the laws in the Ten Commandments more so than secular people. Additionally, elderly individuals tend to be more “old-fashioned” than younger people. Making elderly Christians stereotypically more stern. Hester Gray learns that dishonesty can enhance the safety of another person. She lies to Margaret Lester about the health of her daughter, Helen Lester. Helen and Margaret communicated through love letters, but due to her sickness worsening she could no longer hold a pencil to write. Thus, causing Hester to forge the continuing love letters to hide her secret. “God forgive me, I told her the child was well!” and “Patiently and earnestly, with their stiff old fingers, they were trying to forge the required note.” (Twain 14). People with strict religious values may believe lying is decisive. However, eventually learn there are times when it is exceptable. For example, to save a life from pain, shame or death.
Hester Gray exposes the daughters actions of lying as deceiving and devilish. As…

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