Wednesday, March 25, 2015

When will my Reflection show who I am inside?

We have been talking a lot about how mirrors are important to Estelle because she defines herself by her looks. I was just thinking about how when I look into a mirror I start to question myself. I wonder if that is really me looking back at myself. Then I start to think how amazing it is that I am who I am, but also how weird it is to actually just be. I know that is probably hard to understand, and I do not believe that I could explain it another way, but I was wondering if anyone else thinks this way.

4 comments:

Iris Mire said...

and assess it from a artistic standpoint. I observe the lighting and slopes, the flat planes, soft curves, blocks of color and shape. Then, in a single moment, I come to the realization that this is me. This is the shell that contains the essence of the person who is "Iris," who is thinking all these things. How do I exist? How do I think? What is thinking? At some point, I realize that how I can think and how I came into life and continue to exist don't really matter. I look at the clock, see that it's three in the morning, and go to bed.

Tiffany Tavassoli said...

I think this is really true, Breuna. I think that's why the reoccurring mirror in No Exit is so important. I think that it is meant to make the characters and the readers question who they are. This questioning of who one actually allows for a way for one to do a self-evaluation. I think that is one of the main points that No Exist tries to make. In order to prevent being thrown in hell, people must study and evaluate themselves. For this reason, the mirror is such a big symbol. It's a constant remind of the essentiality to save yourself by seeing who you are.

Bonnie Cash said...

Agreed, Tiffany! I think it's almost like because theres no mirror in hell it symbolizes that you can no longer evaluate yourself. You had enough time on earth to be honest with yourself, but now it's too late and you must live the rest of your life dishonest with yourself

Sri Korrapati said...

Actually, Buzzfeed did a test on how people see each other and they discovered that everyone thinks they look better than they are. They took the original and photoshopped it four different times, each with its own level of "beautification." When asked which one was the original, people picked the one with two stages of beautification. They were positive it was how they looked. How sure can we be that mirrors are accurate? Or maybe it's better to say that mirrors are accurate but our perceptions of our reflections cannot be trusted. So Estelle can never truly understand how others view her, and I think that's a huge part of what Satre is trying to say.