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March 05, 2007

Setting and *The Eye of the Beholder*

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Discuss the film cited below:

Serling, Rod, dir. “The Eye of the Beholder.” 1959. The Twilight Zone. DVD. 11 November 1960 (Season 2, Episode 6). 25 min.

See you Wednesday at the peer-review,

Dr. Hobbs


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Posted by lhobbs at March 5, 2007 09:32 AM

Readers' Comments:

Professor Hobbs,

From watching the film, The Eye of the Beholder,” I was able to take note of the setting and the theme of the clip. The film was focused on the protagonist Miss Taylor, who was placed in a hospital experiment to change her looks. From the beginning of the story I thought the author was trying to display Miss Taylor as an abnormal looking human being. Because Miss Taylor was placed in the hospital I thought there was something seriously wrong with her face, however this was not the case. Because of this, I think the screenplay writer of the story wanted the audience to think that the setting was focused on Miss Taylor’s abnormalities. On the other hand, the author never showed the faces of the doctors, which made me think that something was really wrong with them. When the author showed Miss Taylor’s face I was caught by surprise, but at the same time I knew that the doctors were truly the ugly people. By the end of the film I was not surprised by the ending, since they revealed her face earlier. On the other hand, I believe the film was focused on segregation of what it may be like in the “twilight zone.”

The theme of the film is based on the title of the film. There is an old saying that was stated in the film which said, “Beauty is in the eye of the Beholder,” which stands true. Miss Taylor could have accepted herself for her looks and live with people of her own kind. However, she was brainwashed in thinking she was some hideous creature, that didn’t belong in the world. This film can also be compared to as an analogy. An analogy is the similarity between like features of two things, on which a comparison may be based. For example beauty and ugliness can be looked at different aspects. However, people may think that beauty, such as the doctors thought about Miss Taylor, was abnormal. And the same goes for Miss Taylor she was truly a beautiful person based on today’s society, however in the film she was abnormal to the doctors. So in either case it all depends on what life time your living in and the people that are ruling a community.

Overall the theme of the film still stands true today. People may judge and criticize other people because of their looks, but what really matters is what a person thinks about themselves. If and individual allows other people to run their life and refuse to live the life they want, then that person is just wasting years of time worrying about what other people say. And in that case, that is no way to live a life, because a person cant change their looks, but they can change their personality.

April H.

Posted by: April Hunsberger at March 5, 2007 11:59 PM

Dr. Lee Hobbs

The Eye of the Beholder

In class today we watched a short clip call The Eye of the Beholder. We were then asked to answer questions dealing with the short clip, and I chose to answer question 1. What did we think that the setting of the story was, or did we think that the screenplay writer wanted us to think something else? Also, by the end of the film did our opinion about the narratives setting change, how was it different from what we expected it to be.

The setting of this story was that Mrs. Tyler was portrayed to be some ugly female that didn’t fit in with the people around her. As we were watching the movie, Mrs. Tyler was in room 302 and she was referred to as patient 302. When we first saw Mrs. Tyler her face was completely covered in bandages. She was in there for awhile and they tried several different cures but none seemed to work. Meanwhile, the entire time they kept showing Mrs. Tyler, but we never seemed to see the Leader or the nurses’ faces at all, so I figured something wasn’t right. The title was called the eye of the beholder. Throughout the entire clip, I thought Mrs. Tyler was an ugly person, and not normal, because she stated that the children laughed at her and so on. When I first began to watch this film, I thought that when they removed the bandages we were all going to see some horrendous looking human being.

Come to find out that when they removed the bandages from Mrs. Tyler she was perfectly normal, nothing was wrong with her face. After removing her bandages we then saw the leader and other nurses from the hospital. They looked different than Mrs. Tyler. They looked like pig people, and that’s why Mrs. Tyler was made fun of and laughed at because she wasn’t considered to be normal where she was currently at. By the end my opinion changed, Mrs. Tyler was the one that looked normal and everyone surrounding her were the ones that looked scary or weird looking. Beauty doesn’t have just one definition, it just depends on the individual themselves and what they consider to be beauty, just because one person thinks someone is ugly doesn’t mean everyone will. Beauty lies within the person, not necessarily what they look like on the outside.

Until our next class meeting

Posted by: Brooke Decker at March 6, 2007 02:30 PM

A) In the beginning of the movie it appeared that the setting was a hospital in the United States around the 1950's. By the end of the movie I realized that it was quite different from what I originally thought. It was actually a hospital on another planet where the "normal" people looked like monsters.

B) The movie could analogize the movie "Beauty and the Beast". The beast had a wonderful soul inside but because he looked so different from the people around him he was put in a castle to hide from the rest of the world. The castle was his ghetto.

There are many truths from the film that still hold true today. The major one in particular is that beauty isn't only skin deep. We are taught from the time we are children that it's what's on the inside that counts. This is so true. Another truth from the movie is that beauty is open to interpretation. We view normal as looking like us, but what really is beautiful?

Posted by: Erin Rock at March 7, 2007 09:11 PM

Lee Hobbs,

In the short film viewed in class the setting was depicted right from the beginning. The author displayed cues that the setting was taken place inside a normal hospital. I thought this from the beginning as I started to watch the short clip. The characters were referred to as doctors and nurses, these individuals cared passionately for young woman who was a patient in the hospital.
As the film continues, I was skeptical of the stories purpose and true setting. A young woman’s head was wrapped in bandages, because she had to overcome a surgical procedure in hopes of someday looking normal. As she talks to the doctor you get a sense that being abnormal is a deviant norm in their particular culture. Those of who did not appear normal were sent to live with “people of their kind.” The young woman defines this as a ghetto for her special kind of people. When the doctor unwraps the bandages viewers are shocked to find that she is a young beautiful blonde. However these acquisitions are based on America norms of what is beautiful. Although the norms in this peculiar place find her hideous and a burden to their society
We finally see the faces of the doctors and nurses that were never shown in the earlier part of the show. They have a piggish face and are definitely considered abnormal according to our standards. However, this is where I finally realized the setting has changed. Although the setting was inside a hospital it was not any hospital you would encounter in this universe. The setting changed from the normal hospital to one that was in a strange peculiar universe also known as the Twilight Zone. Here our normative qualities for beautiful contradicts theirs, hence that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. This only empowers the title of the film.

Posted by: Sheryll Daugherty at March 8, 2007 12:32 AM

7 February 2007

Professor Hobbs-

The film we watched “The Eye of the Beholder,” had a very important setting, since that is what tricked the viewer into thinking the story was opposite from what was told. As the story began with a patient, Ms. Tyler, in a hospital I thought it was just a normal hospital for treatment or maybe plastic surgery. Since her face was bandaged up and she spoke of how she was ashamed of her appearance, I just assumed she was ugly and deformed. I think that the screenplay writer, played off the assumption that most people would have made that the story was taking place in a society like today’s in which beauty is the norm and ugliness is unacceptable. As the story continued, I knew something was up as the discussion of looking normal kept coming up and the faces of the characters were never shown. Just from experience with other TV shows I knew that this had some sense of foreshadowing to it and that there would be a twist to the plot. I had a strong hunch that it would end up being opposite what I had thought in the beginning, especially since this was a Twilight Zone episode which always portrays strange situations that are opposite of what we normally experience. Once the bandages of the Ms. Tyler’s face was removes she was revealed to be beautiful and the other characters were hideous with pig noses and crooked mouths. As she screamed in her fear of her own looks and the shock of the ugly people reactions to her looks, it was very obvious that in this society ugliness was the norm and beauty was to be out-casted.

An analogy is a similarity between one thing and another. This story could be an analogy of the “Phantom of the Opera.” In that story, the issue of inner beauty and outward appearance were played on with the phantom being out casted for being different from the rest of society. I think this episode analogizes this theme since Ms. Tyler is outcasted and told she has to be sent away because she is different and does not fit to the acceptable appearance expected. It is obvious that the theme of the story to be learned is that what is considered beauty or normal is all dependent to who is seeing it. This is true of many situations of what is beautiful in art, fashion, landscaping, decorating, makeup, etc. In each culture and in class, there will always be differences of what people think is normal. This is an important concept to understand when viewing a culture or group from the outside. People are always quick to judge other people actions without trying to first understand the reasons for what they do. If everyone made an effort to learn about each group’s customs, a lot of misunderstandings and prejudices would be banished.

-Bettina Herold
ENLG 121.003 Hum. Lit MWF 1145-1245

Posted by: Bettina Herold at March 8, 2007 02:03 PM

Lauren Wozniak
Instructor Lee Hobbs
ENGL 121
March 8, 2007

The Eye of the Beholder

A)As I began to watch “The Eye of the Beholder” I believed that the setting was in an old hospital possibly around the 1950’s-1960. This setting was indeed an integral setting, which is essential to the plot. The first apparent reason that I believed this to be true was that there were people dressed up in scrubs or white dresses. This fact led me to believe that these people were nurses or doctors. Also, there were a number of medical supplies present like gauze, lights, machines, and most importantly a hospital bed. I believe the setting of the story, the hospital was essential to the plot of this story. It made the viewers believe that what was happening was real and very serious. By the end of the film I was still convinced that this story had taken place in the hospital.

B)An analogy is a similarity between like features of two things, on which a comparison may be based: the analogy between the heart and a pump. I do believe that this story is an analogy. I think “The Eye of the Beholder” could be compared to a moral of a story; that we are left with the injunction to question what is “normal” and to accept what is different. “The Eye of the Beholder” can still be referred to today. Many people in society view people with disabilities as misplaced or weird. This list could go on and on, but I believe that people in society will never accept anyone for whom and what they are.

Posted by: Lauren Wozniak at March 8, 2007 02:34 PM

The Twilight Zone

A.) As I watched the film, I thought that the setting was a city in the early 1900’s because everything was in black and white and it was older looking by the way the technology was. I think the author wanted us to really think about the setting and think of different ideas of what it could have been and what we thought it was. Because he didn’t give us a lot of clues about anything, the characters were always in the hospital so we never saw the outside world. Also, you never saw any of the characters faces so it also made you wonder about what type of environment she was in as well. I don’t think the narrative setting changed, we did find out about the different society I just didn’t expect the “pig faced” people to be the norm and the “normal” people to be the deviance.
B.) Yes, I think this could be an analogy. Here in this story the norm is to be different. Your deviating the norm if your normal looking. In the film there is a line that says, “beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” Which in her case she was pretty but she didn’t think so because she was always around the people that were different from her. This film reminds me of Beauty and the Beast obviously, because the beast is a beast and every one around him is normal but Belle likes him for who he is and in the end he is just like everyone else. Another movie that shows that same aspect is Shallow Hal. Hal sees women in way that others don’t. He becomes attracted to a women who isn’t the stereotypical perfect, tall, skinny, girl but he sees her as that while others see her as a not so attractive person. But Hal sees her for who she is on the inside and not by her appearance which ties into what I think the theme is, “beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” They looked at her as an ugly person because they were all different. They, being the beholder, never saw her beauty because she was “different” to them.

Posted by: Lorin Gdula at March 8, 2007 03:57 PM

Shayne Schmidt
Engl 121

The first thing I though of when I saw the setting of the film was how dark and creepy the hospital was. I felt this set the tone of the film. You never saw anyone’s face until the end of the film which also helped create a dark environment. This dark place was in a hospital at 9:30 at night. The hospital was referred to as a warm place. What I thought the writer wanted the audience to think about was that this is a place of darkness and shadows where beauty is hidden. By the end of the film my opinion about the setting really did not change. The reason is because the film was basically in shadows the whole time which created the feeling of something unique to happen. When the woman in bandages is finally seen it makes sense that she was the gorgeous one compared to our society. But in there society she was ugly and not the same. The setting of the film was different for me because of what there society though beauty was.

I would think that this film is analogy compared something on the lines of what individuals think beauty is. Everyone has a different opinion of who they think is gorgeous. The lasting truths of this film are said in the title, which is that beauty is what an individual sees through their own eyes.

Posted by: Shayne Schmidt at March 8, 2007 03:59 PM

Professor Hobbs,

As the film clip from the Twilight Zone, “Eye of the Beholder” began to play I noticed many interesting things that the screenplay (author) was trying to convey. In the beginning the audience was introduced to a woman lying in what looked like a hospital room and is pleading to have her bandages taken off. We later find out her name is Janet Tyler and it was her 11th visit for corrective surgery.
The film had an eerie feel to it because, not only was it in black and white, but the viewers couldn’t see the faces of the doctor, any of the nurses, or Ms. Tyler’s.
By the end of the film the setting changed to them taking off her bandages and revealing to us that she was a beautiful normal looking woman, but to everyone else (who had pig faces) she was hideous and was being shipped off to live with “people of her own kind.” This film showed that beauty really is in the eye of the beholder, and to some people it’s only skin deep.

Tina W

Posted by: Tina W at March 8, 2007 04:35 PM

The screen writer used some trickery when he chose to deliver the setting in the way he did. The film was set in a mid twentith century hospital characterized by the candystripers which roamed the gloomy halls. More or less all the viewer was able to see was the inside of this set with a slight glimpse of a window. Peculiarily, the faces of not one character is seen throughout the film until the climatical scene when the bandages are unwrapped from Ms. Tyler's face. Setting somewhat changed from the blindness we had of who these people are, to the terrific truths that we see when the author shows the faces of the workers.
The theme, which lies in the title, is an everlasting truth in American societies. Beauty is atop the list most people find important. Our society is surrounded by this facet of life which shows how shallow of a culture we have become. This video can be an analogy to many things. The female patient shown in the film could be representive how young girls feel growing up, very self conscious and concerned with looks alone. More oftenly, people should stay true to the quote,"Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder."

Posted by: Thomas Nolf at March 8, 2007 04:41 PM

Tatiana S. Mack
Professor Hobbs
English 121
“The Eye Of The Beholder”
Opinion A

The author of “The Eye of The Beholder” wanted the viewers to learn about Ms. Tyler, who was always known for being ugly. Ms. Tyler discusses how she wants to be “normal”, and how she didn't want people to scream at her when they see he walking down the street. She just wanted to fit in the society that she lives in. Ms. Tyler underwent many failed surgeries just so she could fit in. First time seeing Ms. Tyler, her face is raped in bandages, as this is her last attempt to be “normal”. In anticipation to reveal her face, viewers can only expect the worse. The nurses and doctors at the hospital converse about Ms. Tyler, and how badly they feel for her.
Opinion of the setting changed at the end of the film. As it turns out, Ms. Tyler is a very beautiful human beings, living in a society of pigged face people. Which is ironic, because generally, if in this society a pigged face man or woman were to walk down the street, many people would probably consider that person “ugly”. Viewers would not have expected Ms. Tyler to be such a pretty woman.

Posted by: Tatiana S. Mack at March 8, 2007 05:50 PM

Professor Hobbs,

At the start of this film we were supposed to think that the setting is a regular hospital during what looked like the 50’s or 60’s. Although something looked out of the ordinary since they weren’t showing any faces, and we knew it was the twilight zone, it still seemed like an ordinary hospital.
By the end of the film we find out that it’s a hospital in a society full of pig people with a Hitler like leader who demands conformity. I had already seen this episode of the twilight zone before so my point of view didn’t change much, but I saw it when I was a kid and understood the message it conveys a lot more now. The setting was a lot different from what we expected because we expected her to be ugly and the doctors and nurses to look normal, but that’s the twilight zone for you.
An analogy is a similarity between two things, or a comparison. This story is an analogy for what was being done to the Jews during the holocaust. Their leader was obviously supposed to symbolize Adolph Hitler, and the “ugly” woman is supposed to represent a Jew. This analogy helps show that there’s nothing wrong with Jewish people and it’s really Adolph who’s intolerant for no reason.
I think this film holds a lasting truth over any kind of oppression. A similar oppression going on today would be Americans dislike of Arabic people after 9/11, even though less than 1% of them really had anything to do with it.

Jeff Hoover

Posted by: Jeff Hoover at March 8, 2007 08:16 PM

Andy Hood
Instructor Lee Hobbs
ENGL 121.003 Humanities Literature
8 March 2007
“The Eye of the Beholder”
This film was pretty good. They came with some twists that I wasn’t expecting. At the beginning of the story, I thought that the woman, I believe Ms. Tyler, was in an ordinary hospital receiving treatment for her condition. Throughout the story, the author obviously tries to lead you into thinking it was an ordinary hospital. He brings in nurses and a doctor with no sign of anything odd. Then, the woman takes off running and you see all these weird looking people. At that point, I thought it was some sort of solitary confinement. They had her strapped down like she was a mental patient. The author did a good job of misleading the audience to bring in the element of surprise.
No, I do not think this film is an analogy. I can’t think of anything that it analogizes. However, yes I do believe that the moral of this story is a “lasting” truth today. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Everyone has their own opinion. So who is to say what beauty really is? The lesson I take from the film is to not worry about what the norms are because you will have a much happier life if you just accepts what and who you are. A good example can be seen simply in a short walk across campus. If you check out the ones looking at themselves all the time just to make sure they look good, you also notice they don’t look as happy as the ones just going about their lives.

Posted by: Andy Hood at March 8, 2007 08:36 PM

Dear Professor Hobbs,
Question A:
In the beginning of the film, the setting appears to be a modern, dark hospital room somewhere local. It resembles a typical hospital room in the United States. It is very plain and only has one window. The doctors appear to be helping a woman with a serious condition.
Be the end of the film, my thoughts on the setting were greatly changed. The woman in the “hospital” was not ill, nor was there anything wrong with her. She was in a health care facility on some different planet; the creatures resembled pigs more than humans. The ending of the film was very surprising.

Question B:
I believe this story is an analogy similar to the situation with Adolf Hitler. His people called him “the leader” and nothing other than his beliefs were accepted. IN the film, the president came on the television and dictated to the people what would happen, much like Hitler did. Unfortunately, the people in the film also had no say in their government, so in many ways the lifestyle depicted in the film resembled Hitler’s ruling style.
The story also depicted a truth from 1960 that still holds true today. Our society places a great deal of emphasis on physical beauty. As depicted in the film, the woman was ugly because she was different from the rest of the society. Our society makes people feel that way who are different from the norm in any way. Unfortunately, our culture has not been able to overcome physical features stereotypes any better than it did in the 1960s.

Thank you,
Jaime Hersh
ENGL 121.003

Posted by: Jaime Hersh at March 8, 2007 09:18 PM

“The Eye of the Beholder”

A. The setting at the beginning is a hospital room with a woman whose head is covered in bandages. The viewer of the film would automatically assume that something is really wrong with her face and how she looks. Everyone is so concerned with the way that she looks and that the treatment has “fixed” her. As the story develops the viewer notices that the faces of the doctors and nurses are never seen, but their voices are heard. It is assumed that the hospital is good because they are concerned for her life and they want to help her. Then, a speech by their “leader” comes on and things start to change. The woman now decides to remove the bandages filling the audience with suspense of what the woman will look like. Then, the last bandage is removed to behold a beautiful woman surrounded by ugly pig-like people. The setting has just changed completely to the viewer. As a viewer it is assumed that the world is bad and that the doctors too are bad because they want to change a beautiful woman. The setting is full of fear now instead of compassion and helpfulness. The screenplay writer intended for it to be this way at first in order for the viewer to trust the characters of the hospital. Then for it to take a twist in the end it causes the viewer to completely be in shock and change their view. I expected something along what happened to occur considering that it was the “Twilight Zone”, but it was very unexpected.
B. An analogy is something that has a similarity in some way. This episode of the “Twilight Zone” is in fact an analogy to the movie “Beauty and the Beast”. Like Beauty and the Beast this episode twists the original thought or assumption to the opposite of what we expect. In “The Eye of the Beholder” the woman is indeed beautiful when we expect her to be ugly and the Beast in “Beauty and the Beast” is indeed kind when we expect him to be mean. The theme itself of this episode is indeed the title “The Eye of the Beholder.” This stands true because even today beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Everyone has their own interpretation of beauty in their mind of what beauty truly is. The society in the episode saw beauty as pig-like, where as our society sees beauty as beautiful.

Katie Kovac
English 121.003

Posted by: Katie Kovac at March 8, 2007 09:22 PM

As the story of Janet Tyler begins, the spectacle opens upon a drab hospital type setting. There is nothing extraordinary about the hospital room where Ms. Tyler lays upon her equally dull bed. The only prop that exists is the lamp that hangs above her bandaged head. Even the nurse who comes to help her is drab. The black and white quality of the film only adds to the setting the screenwriter was going for. The dullness continues throughout the play, everything is as simplistic as it can possibly be. Props (things such as chairs, scissors, etc) are kept to a bare minimum. Even the ‘excitement’ of seeing human faces is stripped from the viewer, leaving everything very flat. Had the screenwriter decided to create his setting with color and to show us the faces of the nurses from the beginning, an entirely different setting would have erupted. The setting would instantly have become more personal and livelier, taking away from the important message the actions of the characters were trying to convey and from the generally dark mood of the play.
The opinion created as the play began is infinitely different from the opinion of the setting at the end of the play. At the beginning the mood was anxious, waiting for the woman’s bandages to be removed. The bandages and hospital were more familiar and in an odd way comforting (when knowing that you will be healed and cared for) as compared to what they became. When the bandages are removed and the pig like faces of the doctors are revealed contrasting highly with the beautiful ‘bandaged’ one, the reasons for the woman’s detention at the hospital become blindingly clear and the hospital setting instantly becomes an oppressive prison. The hospital setting of the play does not change (no extra props are brought in, no sudden change to color) but the mood does in the blink of an eye. Pig faces replace the familiar; an oppressive weight replaces the comfort of healing.
The sudden switch was nothing that I would have expected. I realized something strange was amiss when the nurses and the doctor refused to show their faces, by either standing in shadow or with tactful camera angles. However, I was not expecting to have the doctors and nurses’ faces be finally show and have then resemble pigs. This sudden change of setting was a bit of a shock and quickly reversed the original opinion I had about the play.

It is odd to think of an episode of the Twilight Zone being compared to any event or reading material in real life. However, an event arises to mind that relates the two in an analogous form. “The Eye of the Beholder” relates startlingly to Hitler and his Aryan race. In the play, the woman is despised because she is ‘ugly’ and needs to be segregated to her own special ‘ghetto’ with her ‘own kind’. They even have the gall to tell her that extermination is an option, but she has the chance to live in the ghetto with others of her deplorable state. Hitler was against those that did not fit his idea of the perfect human (blonde hair, blue eyes). Those that did not fit into his twisted idea of ‘beauty’ were cast out into ghettos where they were segregated from the rest of society and forced to live amongst members of only their own cultural background. Hitler too, like the doctors, offers the idea of extermination as a way out of having to live in the ghetto. Twilight Zone’s “They Eye of the Beholder” or Hitler’s WWII, both are based around the same concept.
Thankfully, this twisted sense of what is beautiful does not apply as strictly in modern society. The modern human is not segregated (openly at least) for their outward appearance, nor are they offered extermination because they do not fit the bill of beauty. In fact, there is a strong lesson to be learned from this fantastical “They Eye of the Beholder”; that beauty really is what the individual perceives it to be. One person may like people to look like apples, another may like their people looking like pears, it does not really matter because both apples and pears and good and needed in the world. In other words, “one person’s trash is another person’s treasure”. It takes all sorts of people to make the world that we live in what it is and no one person can determine what everyone else should look like.

Posted by: Erin K. at March 8, 2007 09:28 PM

When watching this movie I believed the setting was very important. The reason why I believe the setting was so important because Ms. Taylor was there to try to get fix because she did not look like everyone else.The seeting is a significant part of the story because that is where Ms. Taylor tries to get help for herself. I believe the author wanted me to think that this hosptial was a normal environment and that it was something wrong with Ms. Taylor. I expected Ms. Taylor to be very ugly and hard to look at instead it was the exact opposite.
In the story The Watership Down could be an analogy to the Bible because there are similarities in both of these stories such as in both stories something or someone disobeyed their creator and was punished for it. In this story someone that I would call pretty was ugly in this story so I would say that it depends on what a person prefers. This is still true because some people will have to go out and get the most expensive things to wear and think they look nice and some people go to goodwill and look just a nice. Beauty is only an opinion. Most of the time people would say pretty is what is most common.

Posted by: Melisa Parsons at March 8, 2007 10:30 PM

Donnetta Allen
English 121.003

Dear Professor Hobbs,

Initially when we began to watch the movie, for some reason I thought that the setting was in a hospitol. Particulary in a rehab center or even more particular room 307. I think that the writer wanted the viewers to think that the setting was in a hospital. By the end of the movie my thoughts of the setting completely changed. The setting of the film was in a world of ugly piggy featured looking people. Where current day normal looking people are considered ugly, and the more piggish you look the more attractive you are. Where ugliness is the norm and beauty is the deviation of that norm.

By reading the definition I want to say that story is not an anology. But from what is going through my mind at this point in time I must say that it is but I can not put it with anything just yet. What I think is that ugly people actually think that people who are looked at to be beautiful are actually ugly. Except the movie depicted it physically and now days it is depicted internally.

Donnetta Allen

Posted by: Donnetta Allen at March 8, 2007 10:53 PM

Rebecca Shenkle
“The Eye of the Beholder”
The first time I saw this episode of The Twilight Zone was a while ago, so I will have to think back and remember what my first thought about the setting was. I probably thought that the setting was in a hospital or some kind of plastic surgery center. I think this is probably what the screenplay writer wanted the audience to think the setting of the story was.
My opinion about the narrative’s setting definitely changed by the end of the film. The actual setting was not at all what I thought it was when I started watching the episode. The setting still could have been in a hospital, but it was not a normal hospital, and it was not a normal world that these people lived in. Their world was controlled by their “leader” who wanted everyone to look the same (pig faced). This lady who in our world would be called beautiful was hideous to these pig faced people and they did many surgeries or injections to try and make her look more normal, or how everyone else looked.

Posted by: Rebecca Shenkle at March 9, 2007 07:44 AM

Professor Hobbs,

As “Eye of the Beholder” began I thought it could have been any larger metropolitan hospital, albeit one from the 1950s. The patient’s room, the hallway, and the nurses’ station look similar in layout and structure to every other hospital I’ve ever been in. However, I noticed something peculiar: while Ms. Janet Tyler’s face was covered with bandages, dim lighting and clever camera work kept the faces of the doctor, nurses, and “the Leader” hidden from view. After a few scenes of this I decided that the doctor and nurses were the ones with abnormalities. Luckily that assumption turned out to be right, in the end they were shown to be the more alien when compared to Ms. Tyler.

The Twilight Zone’s “Eye of the Beholder” could be seen as analogous to segregation in general. When the doctor describes what it will be like for her living as an outsider in the normal community it sounds similar to the separation of facilities in the southern United States in the mid 20th century: separate schools, separate restaurants, separate water fountains, separate seating on public transportation, and so on. The doctor then goes on to describe a separate community that sounds very much like the type of “community” the Nazis forced the Jews into, during World War II; when “the Leader” spoke my ideas were reinforced: the style of dress, his mannerisms, and the austere backdrop he used reminded me of speeches given by Josef Stalin, Adolf Hitler, and Benito Mussolini, three of the more horrible dictators of the last few thousand years. I believe that the phrase “beauty lies in the eye of the beholder” hasn’t lost any of its previous luster, and it will probably remain as one of the more popular phrases regarding beauty for a long time to come.

Best Regards,

Justin Bleggi

Posted by: Justin Bleggi at March 9, 2007 08:59 AM

Professor Hobbs,
I decided to respond to question B.
The film " The Eye of the Beholder" can be considered an anology. The reason being is that an anology is something that is used to show comparison. Many people use anologies to try and prove a point during a conversation.People can say that this is an anology of Disney's Beauty & the Beast. In this film the patient was what our society would consider beautiful but, in the society of the pig people she was a beast. The film uses the difference to prove the point that a person can be ugly to one person and be a beauty to another.The part of the film when she does is crying about how she just wishes that the she could live with out having to be isolated is showing exactly the emotions that the beast felt in the Disney movie. The film can not only be considered an anology but,can also be considered to have a lesson at the end.
Carlos Gonzalez

Posted by: Carlos Gonzalez at March 9, 2007 09:22 AM

Erika L. Knox
Instructor Lee Hobbs
ENGL 101.003 Humanities Literature
9 March 2007

Eye of the Beholder

Dear Professor Hobbs,

The Twilight Zone episode, “Eye of the Beholder” is filmed in a very unique way, so that the viewer is in for a shock (although they must expect something to come of it). To start out the view is under the impression that the story is taking place in a normal reality, but slowly through clues in the dialog, and reactions the viewer comes to realize that they are not living in a government like the one we have today in America.

Their country is ruled by a dictator of some kind, and segregation and persecution seem to be prevalent. (The Society is similar to communist Russia, or Nazi Germany.) At the end of the episode the viewer walks away with a lot to think about in regards to persecution, government rule, and personal views.


Posted by: Erika Knox at March 9, 2007 09:31 AM

Derek Hensley
Professor Hobbs
Eng 121-003
Eye of the Beholder

A) The setting was in black and white, so I figured it was set back 30 or 40 years. It looked like a normal hospital in a normal city. The room also looked like you would expect an old hospital room to look like.
By the end my opinion changed of course. It still looked like a normal hospital, but the people in it were very foreign. Instead of a traditional hospital setting, it was in a land of pig-looking people who were very different looking from the people of earth.

B) I can’t think of a story that is exactly like this one, however, I remember seeing a Mel Gibson movie called The Man Without a Face that had a similar “outcast” theme. Gibson’s character has a deformed face from a fire accident. In the movie he secludes him self from society as much as possible, and people in the town sort of look at him as a freak.
I feel that the movie revealed how conditioned we are in society to seeing and interacting with “normal” looking people. The time period is somewhat irrelevant. Even today if most people see someone who is deformed or looks a lot different from norm, they will stare at that person and usually form an opinion of that person just by looking at them. People who look different in today’s society will still be put in a different category than the majority.

Posted by: Derek Hensley at March 9, 2007 11:16 AM


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Posted by: Lee at March 10, 2007 05:58 PM

Lyndsay K.
Instructor Lee Hobbs
7 March 2007

For this activity, after watching the film “The Eye of the Beholder” I am choosing to write about choice A. Choice A asks according to my own estimation, what did I think that the “setting” of the film was as I began to watch. Or, what do I think that the screenplay writer of the story wanted me to “think” was the setting. As I began to watch the film, the setting took place in a hospital with what seemed to be a woman with some sort of disfiguration. Her name was Ms. Janet Tyler and she was the infamous patient of room 307. As I began to watch, I was given the impression that Ms. Tyler was a hideous woman with some sort of terribly noticeable deformity of some sort. She was covered with bandages and you never could see her face. Meanwhile, Ms. Tyler spoke of her youth, and how all her life she was looked upon as some sort of monster, she had even said that children would scream when they saw her. This was mainly the reason that I believed Ms. Tyler truly had something terribly wrong with her appearance. However, one thing that I began to notice throughout the film was that the viewers were never able to see what anyone in the entire film looked like. All of the doctors and the nurses’ faces were not once shown which seemed a bit suspicious to me. Towards the end of the film, the doctors begin to remove the bandages from Ms. Tyler’s face, warning her ahead of time that there was nothing else that could possibly be done to fix her. All of a sudden, the bandages are removed and there appears Ms. Tyler, a very beautiful young woman with what appears to be absolutely nothing wrong with her. The cameras then go to all of the doctors and nurses in the film, in which they are the ones with what seems to be the deformities. By the end of the film, my opinion had completely changed about the narrarative’s setting. The actual setting of the film’s story was different from what I had expected because the entire time I was watching this film, I was thinking that Ms. Tyler was the one with the deformity or something wrong with her, when actually it was everyone around her that was hideous. The expression “beauty is in the eye of the beholder” was then said over and over, which in my opinion is completely true after watching this film.

Posted by: Lyndsay K. at March 21, 2007 09:23 AM


Your weekend readings from the CP were on the subject of “setting” in literature. Sometime before Wednesday, you should also become familiar with Robert’s article on “writing about setting” in WAL 109-118. Both readings will help you with the homework assignment. Today, in-class, we screened Eye of the Beholder.

As you watched the film in-class, I asked you to follow along on the active-learning handout and to think about “setting.” Your handout had the the following questions:


What (according to your own estimation) did you think that the “setting” of the film was as you began to watch. Or, what do you think that the screenplay writer (author) of the story, wanted you to “think” was the setting?

By the end of the film, did your opinion about the narrative’s setting change? How was the actual setting of the film’s story different (or the same) from what you expected?


Look up the word “analogy.” Is this story an analogy? (for example, a case could be made that Watership Down is an analogy of the biblical exodus) Why or why not? Is so, what do you think it analogizes?

The “theme” of this story seems to be in its title. However, since you know it was filmed in 1959 (aired in 1960), are there any “lasting” truths to be gleaned from the tale that still might hold true today? What would they be?


Sometime before class time begins for the next scheduled Friday meeting (Friday, March 9), please answer questions [A] and [B]—in paragraph form—about our film screening today and post it here on the English-Blog in the comment box below. I am giving you this extended deadline (rather than having it due on Wednesday) because you might need extra time to work on formal reading response #2. Even though it will be optional to attend Friday's class, you'll still need to have this assignment in then.

For Wednesday, please bring a PRINTED hardcopy of your first draft of formal reading response #2 to class for a peer-review session.

NOTE: This is your chance to have a peer from the class take an honest look at your paper. After paper #1, you now know the types of things I am looking for in an academic paper about literature and how much weight your score carries for your final grade. If you didn’t perform well on formal reading response #1, you’ll definitely want to perform well on formal reading response #2.

FAIR WARNING: We are long overdue for both an in-class quiz and some participation points to keep us rolling toward the ultimate final 50 points. Therefore, be prepared after Spring Recess to get a lengthier quiz on the past course readings I haven’t quizzed you on yet (e.g., the second ½ of DDS, “plot and structure,” “setting,” and “theme.”). This longer quiz will NOT be a pass/fail type but will instead be valued at one participation point per question. (e.g., five quiz questions = five participation points).


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Posted by: Lee Hobbs at March 21, 2007 09:24 AM

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