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Today I will talk about the symbolism of light and dark.

The sun and the moon. Imagine them completely in your mind. Well if you have, youíll see that one has the exciting, happy, bright filled days, and the other has the daring, solemn, pitch black nights. Each the same in power and rule, constantly competing for time.

I chose this topic of light and dark because Iíve always loved looking and seeing the expression of good and evil. Itís like in Star Wars with the Sith and Jedi. It was always about choice and morals. I find it interesting why some are dark or light, and just how dark or light they might be.

Light and dark is usually perceived as white and black. Good and evil. They are the exact opposites, and always rivals or enemies. When you think about it like that, you would think that there would be a giant war between the good and evil then, wouldnít you?

A white rose splattered with blood is the essence of complication, in this sense. Imagine the purest most innocent material in the world being tainted by the seemingly most vile and grotesque thing. The white rose is still a rose underneath, but the appearance is evil. This is an example of light and dark, innocent and corrupted, in the same thing. Our bloodied rose is what each human is, in one way or another. You can look at a red rose coated with a layer of snow for the opposite. The blood red color we saw as evil is being covered up by one of the most beautiful and pleasing things.

The blood can be related to what a person is, or what a person can be. Good on bad, or bad on good. That is until the blood seeps into the ivory colored flower, or the snow washes color away from the blood red rose. Then we can see where a neutral, pink flower is exposed.

If you canít really imagine what the rose may look like, in either description, this is what I mean. *pick up picture of roses* If you think of yourself like that, covered in blood or snow, it may be a little harder to think about, but thatís what Iím really trying to get across.

Opposites of a person may be light and dark. Your opposite can never look the same, and they are always more of either good or bad. Just as every person is, in this case. No one can be black or white that is living. A person is always a shade of gray, or a different shade of a color. This shows exactly what you are through your opposite. When you look at your Ďdarkí side or Ďlightí side, you may find either your opposite or yourself.

This is as seen in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, where the light and dark is very important. The main character, Link, faces his dark side, Dark Link, in the Water Temple as an adult. Dark link seems unbeatable at first, but after struggle and patience, Link finally finds his weakness and defeats his darker side, making Dark Link disappear from the room. This shows Link is the most pure kind of good through his opposite. At least, thatís what the creators made him out to be. In what I believe to be true, the only way that a person can look exactly like their darker side is to be their darker side.

*pick up picture of Dark Link and Link* As you can see from the picture, Link is nearly identical to his other self. Besides the colors, there arenít many differences. The one thing you may notice, though, is the facial expression. Link is terrified to death by the sight and approach of Dark Link, and Dark Link doesnít really care. He just goes on attacking with whomeverís will he finds. That is one of the few important things.

The Devil is the only thing that can be completely black, in my opinion. God, or a heavenly being, is the only thing completely white, in the same way. This is another example, as like the Legend of Zelda example, of the total opposites. A friend and I had a debate about whether a person would be just as black as the Devil if he or she sold their soul to him. It was never really settled, so I decided to add it in here. When you think of angels being as white as God, or demons being as black as the Devil, then itís easy to see why a person would be completely dark if they sold their soul to the underworld. That makes more sense, but you can also think of it as demons and angels being separated. You can think about fallen angels and risen demons to get away from the black and white idea.

We live in a world of opposites and similarities. Sometimes it may be easy to distinguish what something is, and other times its complicated and frustrating. Like dusk and dawn, most are in between the night and day. Thank you for listening to me. Have a pleasant day.
I was going to put this in essays, but I liked the idea of this going into philosophy. I mean, it really is, but...yeah. Anyway, this is for a speech I have to do. It's about the symbolism of light and dark and what it means to you. I love this topic to death.

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Hayazaki-Iroke Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
I've finally read it!!! Yay me! XD Sorry it took me so damn long, but I was so busy before... I wanted to take the time to read it properly^.^

So, anyway, I like it. There are some flaws and stuff, but it's a good one non the less. The Star Wars thing is funny, and it's a very good example, cause it is basicly about good vs evil. I like the Zelda thing too ^.^ Zelda rules! :D

And I don't understand why it had to be about Romeo and Juliet... I think Star Wars is a lot more about light and dark (though I personaly like Romeo and Juliet a whole lot better...=P). Anyway, you got a A- on it anyway, so congratulations! ^.^
Giver Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2005
Oh, that's nice of you! Glad you took time to read it. ^ ^

Yeah, lots of flaws, but oh well. I do like the Star Wars stuff, and Zelda does indeed rule. :headbang: YES!

I love Romeo and Juliet, but I have no idea how I'd put it into that. *sigh* I guess an A- is ok...I don't know, I just would have liked to have done better. Thanks, though. ^ ^
wtfisthatdude Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2005
Its interesting because what is everything made up of?-- Electromagentic particles, and what are they exactly? Light. And what is darkness? The absences of light. Its a big circle; everything connects.
Giver Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2005
Whoa. That sounded so much cooler than half of my speech. *sigh* Thanks for the comment. ^ ^
wtfisthatdude Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2005
lol, nah I don't think so
holliferuby Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2005
hey this is great :D i loved the balance between examples in nature and examples in...yano Star Wars :D :+fav: well done
Giver Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2005
Wow, thanks! I'm so glad that you liked it so much. ^ ^ I really worked hard on this. I was trying to think of a really good example, and a rose was the coolest image I could come up with. And Star Wars was so natural. ^.^ Thanks again.
TweeZee Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2005   Digital Artist
nice start. overall i love it :)
Giver Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2005
Thanks. ^ ^ And thanks again for the :+fav:
drowning-slowly Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2005
First thing i notice, first line, take it out, just a bit of advice but unless you're supposed to start your speech like that dont, it makes it sound less developed :).
other than that I have a bit more critique to offer, though it is a good speech overall there's this line that caught my attention: "The Devil is the only thing that can be completely black, in my opinion. God, or a heavenly being, is the only thing completely white, in the same way." God is a spiteful being and that's not really how is God the complete and utter greater good. I think that God and Satan are envisionments of the perfect good and evil for some people, but at the same time there's no way for that to be possible. Also you said that if a person "sells their soul to satan" they may be the perfect evil, does that mean that if a person devoates their soul to christ they are then the perfect good? because that really isn't possible. No human can be perfect in any way shape or form. Be it perfectly good or evil, there will always be flaws. Other than that it's a pretty decent speech, a few flaws and the topic's not explained in too many ways...but it's still decent.
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