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The Dark Side Of The Moon

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The moon has two sides, the side that is ever illuminated by the sun, and the side we see, and then there is the dark side; forever cast into the shadows, never to see earth, nor be seen by earth. Similar to the moon, humans never merely have one side but are multifaceted. The character Salome has many different sides, and even more that the characters of the play see, though all the characters do see Salome in the moon. Herod originally only sees Salome as a beautiful erotic creature, however when she requests the head of The Prophet, he sees the corruption within her. He then realizes, “Only in mirrors is it well to look, for mirrors do but show us masks.” However, the moon acts as a ...view middle of the document...

Though Narraboth’s gaze upon and love of Salome was what killed him, if he had been hidden he would not have suffered the fate he did. The circumstances are the same for the prophet. If the prophet has stayed hidden Salome would not have seen him, become amorous of his being, and he would have not suffered the fate he did.
Narraboth was clearly enamored with Salome, which caused him to gaze upon her too often. In response to The Page of Herodias’s grim interpretation of the moon, Narraboth saw in the moon “a princess who wears a yellow veil, and whose feet are silver. She is like a princess who has little white doves for feet” (Wilde 393). He later says, “The Princess has hidden her face behind her fan! Her little white hands are fluttering like doves that fly to their dove-cots” (Wilde 396). Though for the moon he talked about a princess who had doves for feet and with Salome a princess with doves for hands, the descriptions are very similar. He also describes the moon to have “eyes of amber” of which she “through the clouds of muslin is smiling” (Wilde 400). This is after the princess promised to look at him “through the muslin veils” and smile at him, id he brings The Prophet forth. It is clear he sees Salome in the moon. He failed to see the way that Salome was manipulating him, for he was blinded by the veil of love he had for her which shrouded the darkness of her being. He only saw beauty in the moon as he only saw beauty in Salome.
The Prophet, along with Herodias, see nothing within the moon. The Prophet’s only thought about the moon is a prediction that it “shall become like blood” (Wilde 415). He does not see Salome, for he is merely the mouthpiece of god. She believes that if he had looked at her, he would have loved her as others did. However he refused to look at her, and was not swayed by her beauty. Herodias responded to Herod’s description of the moon, saying, “The moon is like the moon, that is all” (Wilde 407). She does not see anything strange in the moon, nor does she...

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