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SAT范文:Do we need other people in order to understand ourselves? (转载)

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摘要: It is often by considering and evaluating the characteristics of others that we come to a true and wholesome understanding of who ...

It is often by considering and evaluating the characteristics of others that we come to a true and wholesome understanding of who we are. The maxim “birds of the same feather flock together” is especially true, simply because we identify like and positive characteristics in others that we treasure in ourselves. Similarly, upon consideration of personality that we detest, we find traits that we either do not possess or merely dislike. The idea that we need other people in order to truly understand ourselves is rooted in the phenomena that our friends and foes are a reflection of our true persona. Therefore, by considering our interactions with these people, we can clearly define who we are. Evidence of this theory can be seen in the Sophocles’ play Antigone as well as in the novel Fountainhead by Ayn Rand.

A clear representation of this idea, the play Antigone examines the contrasting relationship between Antigone and her pride-driven uncle Creon. The novel centers around the death of Antigone’s brother who Creon refuses to bury because of his own hubris. Antigone, however, sticks up for what she believes to be right. Ismene, Antigone’s sister, is of the same opinion, but she is too meek and afraid to voice her own opinion. It is through her consideration of the way that Antigone behaves that she realizes this weakness. Hence, she contrasts Antigone’s brave actions in standing up for Eteocles with her avoidance of the situation to realize something important about her personality. She works to change this characteristic, but it was in her evaluation of Antigone that allowed her to realize this of herself. This shows that true realization of ourselves lies in our interactions with others and hence, we need others in order to understand who we are.

Analogous to this idea is that of Rand’s in her novel Fountainhead. The novel describes a young boy named Howard Roark whose abundance of talent is riveting to the whole society, yet scorn for his modernistic ideas is omnipresent. His acquaintance Keating is also very successful in the industry; however, he reforms his ideas to fit society’s. Keating feels powerful and successful because he works with a very successful architect. He is proud of the corrupt methods that he uses to gain power. However, he sees the dark nature of his ways when he speaks to Roark who has a tendency to look past the entire glamor that surrounds Keating. It is only when Keating is with Roark, that he feels dirty and wrong for his misdeeds because he contrasts his actions with the pure and powerful ideas of Roark. Overall, this shows that it is only in reflection of others that we can truly understand ourselves because we inherently compare and contrast personalities to identify what we treasure and hate in ourselves.

In conclusion, the entirety of both Antigone and Fountainhead demonstrate the idea that we must look in others to find what we like and hate about ourselves. This is shown through Keating’s consideration of Roark as well as Ismene’s evaluation of Antigone. Therefore, it is easy to see why we need people in order to truly understand ourselves.

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