Here’s a short story I had to write for my English class. I had two rules: 1. Use this quote: “There is only one sin and that is theft. When you tell a lie, you steal someone’s right to the truth.” and 2. Tie it into a story somehow. Here it is:

Emmanuel Fillon was a good man. He would wake up in the morning, make his kids breakfast and go to work like any other day. He was a honest man. He was a trustworthy man. Most importantly: He was happy. Emmanuel died in a Nazi concentration camp. His body was never found and nobody knows how he was killed. All that is known is the fact that his death was caused by a single sentece uttered by the head of the local police department: “There is nothing to worry about”.

The Maginot Line is a defensive on the French side of the French-German border. It was set up in the 1930s to deter a German invasion. Ultimately, this projecte failed since the Germans just went around the Maginot line.

Emmanuel alongside the rest of France was told that it will keep the French people safe. Emmanuel lived in the province of Alsace, where half of the Maginot Line was located. Emmanuel asked the head of the local police if the Maginot Line could be trusted and if he needed to plan out an escape if the Germans came in. The head of the local police assured Emmanuel that the Maginot Line is impenetrable and he would trust it with his life. Emmanuel alongisde the rest of Alsace were told that they were completely save.

Tenth of May 1940 would be the day that confirmed the fears of many people. The day on which the Germans simply went around the Maginot Line and put most of France under their direct occupation. Emmanuel alongside thousands of other “unworthy” people were sent to theconcentration camps. Most of them never came back.

Had the French people been warned that Germany might go around the fortification in Alsace, like in the First World War, Emmanuel might still be alive today alongside his friends, neighbours, colleagues and relatives. They could have prepared for the invasion better or at the very least, they could have escaped.

There is only one sin and that is theft. When you tell a lie, you steal someone’s right to the truth. How many people need to die in order ofr us to start telling the truth? How many families need to be broken up until we see what we are doing is wrong? How many horror sotires do we need to hear until we say that enough is enough?

Teacher’s notes:
+ Good use of repetition (First paragraph)
+ Great use of inversion (First sentence of the fifth paragraph, inverted sentence structure)
+ Very powerful finish – tough questions, few answers (Last paragraph)

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