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Eng 36 final - Averbukh Ryan Averbukh Professor Isaacs Eng...

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Averbukh Ryan Averbukh Professor Isaacs Eng. 36 4 June 2007 Inner Being Exposed One of the most debated and controversial elements in a given culture, is the way in which beauty is defined. According to certain norms, values and beliefs that each culture possesses, beauty will be viewed in a variety of ways with each one having its own characteristics. This is fascinating considering that all individuals that inhabit the Earth are 99% similar genetically, yet their perceptions of life are anything but close. As seen in The Temple of the Golden Pavilion by Yukio Mishima, the beauty that an object emits can produce many impressions on the people that view it, but the way one relates it to one’s personal life can make the difference between an optimistic or pessimistic approach. The young acolyte, Mizoguchi, is obsessed with beauty but has an extremely difficult time justifying his existence due to the fact that he feels he is ugly and does not belong in such a beautiful place. He sees the immense beauty of the Golden Temple, but his inability to take control of it both physically and mentally, causes him to become selfish and act irrationally in order to save his deepest beliefs. The powerful and profound beauty of the temple causes him to feel disappointed when presented with other beautiful elements such as women because he cannot even begin to compare the two. Although his downfall is rather inevitable, Mizoguchi’s journey proves that the forces of life are only as great as one makes them out to be. 1
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Averbukh One of the most evident ideas presented in the novel is the contrast between the good and evil of beauty. From the beginning, it is evident that Mishima wants his readers to be fully engrossed in the beauty of the temple, which is incorporated at an early age with Mizoguchi’s father, the priest. Throughout his young childhood, his father was constantly speaking about the beauty of the temple. When he finally arrived there to pursue his studies he was actually able to make his fantasies about its beauty come true. As time progressed, his obsession with the temple grew substantially with no limitation as to how far the beauty will carry him. Mizoguchi knew in his mind that this sacred place can’t be compared to anything else and that its very presence illuminates a type of greatness onto any individual that experiences its glory. Unfortunately, this very idea is the same one that will run this young scholar into ruin. Since the beauty of the temple is extremely powerful, the influence it has on Mizoguchi’s mentality is profound. With all the great things he experiences through his journey, all paths seem to lead back to the pavilion. For example, his ugliness and stuttering handicap is something which most individuals can seem to look past, but he takes it to such an extreme to the point where it overrides his lust for the beauty of the temple. His thought process is that of a person who only views himself as negative in all aspects, therefore beauty underscores his own
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