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The Theme Of Vision In John Wyndham´S The Day Of The Triffids

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John Wyndham’s The Day of the Triffids explores the theme of vision, in both a literal and symbolic manner. The literal vision represents the Triffids and their ability to impair an individual’s vision. The characters that can see, have to see this situation through which is the represent of a symbolic vision. Though there are two meanings of vision, the common vision needs to be established quickly and precisely in order to help the individuals who are visually impaired. In the novel, The Day of the Triffids, absence of vision leads to the failure of society, the failure of small groups and the ultimate failure to support one another.

The physical vision is impaired in the novel through two blinding viruses that lead to the failure of teamwork. The first of which wasn’t paid much attention to. “It's a marvelous sight. 'They say there's never been anything like it before. It is such a pity you can't see it, isn't it?” (Wyndham, 12) The lack of knowledge of realizing that the bright green lights were not just a marvelous sight but also a blinding virus. When this quotation was mentioned in the novel it was a coincidence that the protagonist Bill couldn’t seen because he had been in the hospital with bandages over his eyes due to the sting by the Triffids. Another blinding virus that contributed to the failure of teamwork is the lack of knowledge towards the Triffids. “The largest specimen ever observed in the tropics stood nearly ten feet high. No European specimen over eight feet had been seen, and the average was little over seven.” (Wyndham, 30) From the lack of knowledge towards this species Bill and other characters in the novel were puzzled to see such as large Triffid. It was not just Bill but many other characters such as Josella, Coker, and Susan who were vulnerable to ignorance through the bright green shower and through the exploration of the Triffids.

The events that occurred were not the only factors that led to the demise of the society. The opposing factor that played a huge role in this demise was the cross-minded character presented in this novel. By comparing Bill and Coker, it was evident that in the beginning they had completely cross minds because Coker kidnapped Bill and forced him to follow his plan. “"What happened to your bunch?" he asked. I told him. He nodded. “Same with mine. Same with the rest, I expect. Still, we tried. "The wrong way," I said. He nodded again."Yes," he admitted. "I reckon your lot did have the right idea from the start-only it didn't look right and it didn't sound right a week ago." (Wyndham, 113) However after Coker meets back up with Bill, Coker talks about how his plan was not the right way of...

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