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