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"Blindness" By Jose Saramago. Essay

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Blindness...The whole novel keeps the question "what if" in the back of your mind. You constantly wonder what if this really happened? What would I do? Well the world might just find out! SAARs the latest disease is very fatal and unfortunately very contagious. New York is already thinking about quarantining carriers of the disease as written in the Washington Post in the article Quarantine Island. Could this revert back and in some way parallel with Jose Saramago's mind-bending novel Blindness? In which as many carriers are quarantined as possible, but the disease still spreads; people revert back to civilization's behaviors unknown to the world today.Setting-The girl with dark glasses says something in blindness that shows how the word character is used in Blindness by Jose Saramago."Inside us there is something that has no name, that something is what we are."This quote shows the true way character is used parallels to this book. Not a character or a person who is in the story, but characteristics that make the person (soul) who they are and lets them be what they want to be. The girl with the dark glasses also says, " ... the feelings with which we have lived and which allowed us to live as we were, depended on our having the eyes we were born with; without eyes feelings become something different." All the characters were very dynamic because as they and the people around them became blind they changed to adapt. All of the characters were nameless and faceless in the sense they were only referred to by their distinct characteristics.The girl with the dark glasses, the first blindman, the doctor's wife, the dog of tears, the boy with the squint; these descriptions fit with the concept of the story; names would be fake if they were used.The so-called names /descriptions are really all you learn about the characters. Through out the story you pick few small details about the ways of the blind people and the doctor's wife. The doctor's wife is very kind and caring; she does everything she can do to help save as many people as she possibly can. The thief who is the first to die is one of the characters you know the least about. He is kicked by the girl with dark glasses and bleeds to death in the first few chapters. The doctor himself is a natural born leader. The boy with the squint is a very shy and scared in my opinion around five year-old. The first blindman and policemen do not reveal themselves as the story goes on as the other characters reveal their personalities. Then there is the dog of tears who symbolizes so much. The dog shows human characteristics that comfort the doctor's wife. The dog is sympathetic and very loyal even as they pass the packs of pets gone wild.Wile these people are blind they change and revert back to their so-called animal instincts; everything you knew about a character before they were struck blind becomes totally irrevelavent; they have changed their feelings have changed.Blindness the name in itself gives you...

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