Wildy the Journeyman (into_the_wild) wrote,
Wildy the Journeyman

:: Acceptance of irony through metaphors ::

:: Acceptance of irony through metaphors ::

“Listen, Kafka.
What you're experiencing now is the motif of many Greek tragedies.
Man doesn't choose fate. Fate chooses man.
That's the basic worldview of Greek drama.
And the sense of tragedy—according to Aristotle—comes,
ironically enough, not from the protagonist's weak points
but from his good qualities.
Do you know what I'm getting at?

People are drawn deeper into tragedy not by their
defects but by their virtues.
Sophocles' Oedipus Rex being a great example.
Oedipus is drawn into tragedy not because of
laziness or stupidity, but because of his courage and honesty.
So an inevitable irony results."
"But it's a hopeless situation."
"That depends," Oshima says. "Sometimes it is.
But irony deepens a person, helps them mature.
It's the entrance to salvation on a higher plane,
to a place where you can find a more universal kind of hope.
That's why people enjoy reading
Greek tragedies even now,
why they're considered prototypical classics.
I'm repeating myself, but everything in life is metaphor.
People don't usually kill their father and sleep with their mother, right?
In other words, we accept irony through a device called metaphor.
And through that we grow and become deeper human beings.”
Excerpt From: Haruki Murakami. “Kafka on the Shore.” iBooks.
Tags: book, contemplation

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