Dillard and Blinding Light

Dillard and Blinding Light - Manuel Vazquez WRT 105...

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Manuel Vazquez 2/6/13 WRT 105 Blinding Light: Dillard and the Question of Being Blind in the Dark Versus Being Blind in the Light During Dillard's narrative in Pilgrim at Tinker Creek , she discusses sight and its curiousities without seeing what she calls "the obvious." During this narrative, she stumbles upon an interesting notion: "If we are blinded by darkness, we are also blinded by light. When too much light falls on everything, a special terror results." But this begs the question: what is worse, to be blind in the darkness, or be blinded by light? Not only this, but in addition, if sight can be blinding, then what is the value of seeing the world around you? Light is the foundation of our eyesight; without light, there is no sense of sight, and we are unable to see the subtle intricacies of the world around us. Dillard proposes that light can also blind us, not only by us looking straight into the sun, but also by hiding things we would see otherwise, such as the low-lying clouds whose reflections are overwhelmed by the light given off by everything else reflected by the water, and the stars in the sky, which can be seen at night, but are invisible in the day because the Sun overwhelms their light with its own. Seeing can,
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