Tragic Vision - Final Paper

Tragic Vision - Final Paper - Aspects of Sight in Tragedy...

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Aspects of Sight in Tragedy The Gospel of John: Lazarus . What did Lazarus see? Jesus goes to the tomb and brings Lazarus back to life after about four days of death. What happened during those four days of death? In the gospel, nothing is mentioned. One must assume that the fundamental Christian beliefs are the prevailing explanation – and yet the lack of explanation from Lazarus leaves one (at least me) feeling sadly disappointed. Jesus can dispel the tenets of the afterlife in His beliefs, but Lazarus actually went there! Lazarus actually has empirical evidence. No need to listen to Jesus, just ask Lazarus what was on the other side. I find it suspicious and unrealistic that it is not mentioned that anyone asks Lazarus what was on the other side. The tragedy of Lazarus is that he gives us no information of the very thing that each human being is craving to know the most. Hamlet: The Ghost . Hamlet sees a ghost. This ghost is his dead father. Other people saw the ghost as well, and took the word of the ghost as the word of the father. Why? I would be skeptical that the ghost was real. Hamlet took the word of the ghost on fairly good faith, although he did try to make sure that his uncle was guilty by staging a play. Maybe the ghost was of his father, but the ghost was just angry at being dead and decided to lie about Claudius. Or maybe the ghost was of another person disguised as Hamlet’s father who hated Claudius and just wanted to kill him. Or maybe there was no ghost. Maybe the guards were messing with Hamlet, or they thought they saw a ghost and Hamlet actually had already started going crazy and imagined that it talked to him. At any rate, the sight of the ghost could be considered the start of the tragedy of the play, for it seems to have launched Hamlet’s decent into madness. The Stranger: His Sight . Not just his sight: his touch, his taste, his feeling and hearing. Meursault lived his life based on the reaction of his senses. If he was hot, he was unhappy and upset. The killing of the Arab could be viewed as a tragedy sparked by the interpretation of his sight. He was hot, yes, and therefore he was grumpy…but he also could not see very well. He saw a blurry vision of the knife the Arab was flashing in front of his eyes. This vision may have been aesthetically unpleasing enough to Meursault that it triggered a reaction. The reaction is fairly extreme – death to someone who is
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This note was uploaded on 03/26/2008 for the course PHILOSOPHY 101 taught by Professor Baz during the Spring '08 term at Tufts.

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