Sense OF Self

Images found to represent sense of self in different forms relating to the works we have read in class and displaying the similar theme seen throughout the books, of each character's sense of self. 

This image symbolizes the mighty rush of power Gilgamesh had after killing Humbaba, the forrest ogre in the epic, displaying bravery and courage to defeat the creature many were afraid of. This shows Gilgamesh's focus on achieving eternal fame, rather than doing the right thing, which may have not been to kill Humbaba when he begged for mercy.
This image can represent Gilgamesh begging for immortality, afraid of death because he has not achieved eternal fame. He is desperate to live and journeys to find the answer to immortality.
This dark image of an emotionless, expressionless girl represents the irony of civilization and its discontents. Although civilization has developed to make us as human beings happy, it actually is a great cause of unhappiness because of the conformity and control civilization has over us.
This is a painting of Vincent van Gogh's doctor, who appears to be sad or bothered by something. Van Gogh was known for his dark paintings using the color blue. The doctor's jacket, as well as the background, are both blue, displaying a feeling of sadness or unhappiness. This relates to Freud's theories of civilization and society pushing for conformity and repression in order to fit into society in "Civilization and Its Discontents" that it actually causes unhappiness to us.
This image of death and darkness can represent the idea of the unhappiness that civilization brings us because of the conformity and repression we must follow in order to "belong". Civilization and Its Discontents expresses the irony of civilization's attempt to provide us with happiness which in turn causes us to suffer.
Community vs. Individual- it is a complicated relationship. Who we are in the community defines us, but who we are as individuals is who we REALLY are. We are encouraged to conform to our community, but what builds community if not the individuals?
This image "Adam and Eve" displays the differences in the male and female. Our need as human beings for sexual encounters and relationships are vital to growth and development. In The Left Hand of Darkness, there are no gender differences, which brings a completely different civilization of living-- one without sexual aggrivation, aggression, tension, or desire.
The idea of modesty, gender differences, sexual tension or desire were not really existent in The Left Hand of Darkness, for society was genderless. This piece represents the image of modesty in women, opposite of how civilization in the novel saw themselves and lived in society, equally to men.
Although Socrates was punished for his beliefs, theories, practices, and teachings, he is widely looked at as one of the most powerful, intelligent thinkers for his dedication and individual loyalty and desire for knowledge and change. He was said to have "corrupted the youth", but really, all he wanted was for individuals to have their own voice, their own ideas, their own practices and approaches to life. The responsibilities to oneself vs. one's community or society is a constant challenge to find balance, and Socrates believed that it is our sense of self and our acceptance of learning new things (rather than claiming to have all of the wisdom in the world) that defines us, develops us, and changes us into who we become.
Sir Robert Chiltern in An Ideal Husband, has a secret past that he is ashamed of and has not thought much about. He is happily married, successful, social, and respected. But when his past comes back to haunt him, it is the way Sir Robert has grown and matured and loved, that shows how important and precious time is. This image is a picture of an old pocket watch that has clearly been through a lot, but has maintained its figure, its wholeness. Time is crucial to our growth, development, self-discovery, and self-transformation.
This image expresses the idea of light and dark. With all of the good we find in the world, comes the bad. If we are able to accept, overcome, and conquer the bad, the good is only more visible, more appreciated, and practiced more. Just like in An Ideal Husband, Sir Robert's qualities have always been respected by many, including his own wife; until he is faced with blackmail from his past. It is when he chooses love and honesty and loyalty, the good in the world, over his desire for money and reputation, the bad in the world.
This image represents the tranquility and growth in the world, as discussed in the dao de jing. It expresses a feeling of ease and calmness, but there is still a rhythm, flow, of the way the development of the mountains and rivers formed.
This is another image, displaying the pure beauty of the world and how its development has brought opposite ends together, like the yin yang, also talked about in the dao de jing.
This image can be seen as dark, but it can also be seen as hopeful. In life, we face challenges and obstacles that we need to overcome or resolve in order to grow or learn. Sometimes it is not always easy or handed to us, and we end up in the dark, feeling alone, and hopeless. But we must always remember that in darkness, there is always light. The brightness of the moon in contrast to the dark sky, and the dark night, expresses the idea of hope and belief that one can overcome a difficulty, that the darkness will end, and when in doubt, the light will guide you.
This image shows the world in a beautiful, tranquil state. At the bottom of the image is a small, crickety bridge that is being walked on by someone. This image represents the obstacles we must overcome in life, whether it be fear, love, loss, or physical, in order to be led to peace, tranquility, and light. It is the challenges we face and the experiences we have that transform us into who we will become.
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