Blindness in the Blind and the Intruder

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City College of New York The theme of blindness in Maeterlinck’s The Blind and The Intruder Hau, Ching Man Yuki ENGL 38007 E Final Paper Professor Evgeniya Koroleva 18th December, 2012 Hau-1 Despite The Intruder and The Blind are written by Maeterlinck and that both plays surround the theme of blindness, yet the two plays depict blindness in two completely different ways. In The Intruder, Maeterlinck uses blindness to mock the silliness of the people who can see or have normal vision because people who can see always think that they can see better or clearer than those who cannot see or people who have problems with their vision. However, in The Blind, Maeterlinck uses blindness to emphasis the idea that blindness equals unawareness and uncertainty. He also pictures the helplessness of the blinds via the conversations that are presented throughout the play. In Maeterlinck’s The Blind, the theme of blindness represents a sense of insecure and fear; uncertainty of the surrounding and future; irrationality and the lack of knowledge. Due to the loss of their vision and the absence of their guide, the blinds are being depicted as lost and helpless. Throughout the play, their blindness affects them strongly and it is also the cause of the result of their strenuous and desperate situation. In contrast, blindness enhances the image of the blind grandfather in The Intruder. The grandfather is being depicted as the wisest person within his family because he could “see” or “predicts” some events that his family members who have normal vision could not. In The Blind, blindness is being depicted as a difficulty and a refusal of allowing the characters to live a normal life. To them, blindness is a punishment and it

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