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How do you view darkness ?
 
Darkness is always associated with the worst things like vengeful spirits and serial murderers. Even in movies, the night is always depicted as a time when the nasty supernatural forces are at full play doing their mischief. It is, therefore, not surprising that many people are afraid of the dark and find it more oppressive than exciting.

To me, the dark is a mysterious blanket of ink that conceals and makes the situation highly exciting. It is a time when my imagination runs wild. I think of the romantic lovers Heathcliff and Catherine in Wuthering Heights wandering on the moors eternally united, a picture which lends credence to my romantic notions of love. It is a time when I see Peter Pan flitting about the dark corners with Tinkerbell, ready to whisk me off into their world of adventure and magic.

However, the dark is transformed into an ominous entity after a horror movie during a stormy night, or when alone on deserted streets. Then, I would see it as a threatening presence with demons and evil men at corners waiting to pounce on me. Images from movies where young girls are stalked by crazed murderers or are the unwitting targets of ghostly apparitions crowd my mind to create fear and tension in me. Even a long corridor that is unlit conjures up familiar scenes of girls and boys running endlessly on it trying to escape a maniacal killer.

At other times when I am just too tired after a hard day at school, the dark is a welcome signal for me to take my rest. At times like this, it becomes reassuringly familiar to me and lulls me into a restful sleep. In fact, many a time I have actually looked forward to the dark as a justification for my desire to sleep !

When I was young, I remember being so afraid of the dark after watching a particularly gruesome horror movie that I simply refused to sleep with the lights off. My poor parents had to slowly ease me into accepting darkness as a natural condition. With time, I felt braver and consequently was able to overcome my childhood terror of the dark. Now, I am glad that the dark has come to mean so many different things to me and has made my life a more exciting and imaginative playground.

     
credence   belief
     
ominous   threatening
     
lulls   calms
 
 

 

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