Blindness Essay

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Human nature is inherently complex and therefore a widely explored topic by many. The positive characteristics of human nature are easily affected by various social influences. The following quote captures this idea: “The most beautiful as well as the ugliest inclinations of man are not part of a fixed biologically given human nature, but result from the social process which creates man.” ( Many authors use this theme in their literary work, because it is thought provoking and captivating. For instance, William Golding in his novel Lord of the Flies successfully demonstrates how the absence of law and order results in savagery. Likewise, in the novel Blindness, certain social processes influence the savage behaviour of a particular group of individuals. Blindness, Jose Saramago’s brilliant novel, is a dark allegory for humanity’s true nature which is revealed when law and order break down. This will be examined through an analysis of the plot, style and theme. Saramago, through the novel’s plot, successfully depicts the savage behaviour of humans in absence of law and order. One way this is shown, is through the government’s disorganization and inability to deal with the outbreak. When the number of cases of blindness rose, the government, without having any evidence, assumed that the blind individuals were spreading it. Without thinking about the consequences, they concluded that the best way to prevent the spread of the outbreak was to separate those infected and those who were suspected of being infected, from the remaining population. Although putting these individuals in a quarantine may be perceived to be a logical idea, it is problematic in many ways. Segregating the infected in this way resulted in the separation of individuals from their families or loved ones. An example of this is when the boy with the squint is forever

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