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Labyrinth - The Four Guards scene

Discussion in 'Fantasy Worlds' started by minor muppetz, Dec 16, 2014.

  1. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    Something I've been wondering about regarding the Four Guards scene in Labyrinth is how Sarah determines which one is telling the truth.

    She asks one of them, "would he say that this one leads to the castle", to which the other one says yes. When the other one points out that the other one could be lying or he could be lying, Sarah reasons that neither would be lying. But she never asked the other one the same question. If she asked the other guard what she had just asked, he could have given a different answer (maybe she should have asked the other guard what she just asked... Uh, the other guard), since he always lies.

    Of course, either the one who always tells the truth is the one who told her that one of them always tells the truth and one always lies, or they are both liars. Though she does end up going through that one's door. Though I think the other one tells the truth about something at one point as well (the fact that he could be lying or he could be lying). The bottom two guards don't know which door leads to the castle, but Sarah could have asked them if they know which one is the truthful one.

    And if one always lies, couldn't she have asked an obvious question (like if she's a girl, or if they are guarding doors) and see which one lies? Then again, in the last few years I've been confused about whether lying is just a rule, and after watching the movie recently, I've noticed that they mention in the rules that she can only ask one of them. They say it's in the rules, in between telling her that only one can be asked and that one always lies.

    As a kid, I thought that one of the doors lead to "sudden death" instead of "certain death", and thought she went through the death door (since she falls into a pile of hands). But then I realized that she did get out and to the castle... But now I wonder if she only got out because Hoggle helped her (as she would have probably died otherwise).

    But yeah, to the original question, how did Sarah figure it out just by asking "would that one say that this one leads to certain death?"
     
  2. Slackbot

    Slackbot Well-Known Member

    If Door A led to certain death....

    The truth-teller, on being asked which door the other one (the liar) would say is safe, would reply Door B. He's telling the truth: the liar would lie and say that B is safe. Therefore, A is safe.

    The liar, on being asked which door the other one (the truth-teller) would say is safe, would reply Door B. The liar is telling a lie in saying that the truth-teller would say that B is safe. Therefore, A is safe.
     
  3. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    Still trying to wrap my head around that explanation...

    And still, in the movie, Sarah only asks one of the guards what the other would say, without asking the other one.
     
  4. WalterLinz

    WalterLinz Well-Known Member

    Lol I know, this scene can be so confusing sometimes. My mind is pretty much spinning around a little bit after reading this thread.XD
     
  5. Slackbot

    Slackbot Well-Known Member

    It doesn't matter which one she asks. The answer will be the same.

    And, rereading my explanation, I realize I made a doofus error. I began with "If Door A led to certain death..." I should have said "If Door A led to the castle..."
     
  6. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    Okay, I just now figured it out. So by asking one what the other one would say about a door, saying that the other one would confirm that door being the right one would not only mean the other one's a liar (since the one who tells the truth would not lie), but it confirms that it's not that door because if the one who tells the truth would say it's that door, he wouldn't be lying, but the one who tells the truth would tell her what the liar would say, and the liar would lie about which door the other one would say.
     
  7. Beakerfan

    Beakerfan Well-Known Member

    Haha my husband and I were discussing this yesterday. So thankful for your explaination, Slackbot!
     

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