Opposite and The Same

Ice is so interesting to me for the reason that its connotations and qualities are paradoxical. Ice can symbolize death, evil, and cold-heartedness, yet it can also symbolize preservation of life and beauty. Also, its qualities are paradoxical. Ice, as McCauley says, is fragile, yet strong at the same time.

When I first think of ice, I think of the movie The Chronicles of Narnia. The antagonist, the White Witch, is associated with ice throughout the movie. She is able to freeze other animals and people and take their breath away from them. This evil character brought a negative connotation with ice and made ice seem cold and cruel. However, in other movies such as Frozen, ice is depicted as something fun. The girls build a happy snowman, Olaf, and enjoy playing in the ice and snow. Even the castle Elsa creates is beautiful as it glistens. Although the ice turned into a burden because it became uncontrollable, it had positive connotations that went along with it as well.

Elsa's castle

Elsa’s castle

The qualities of ice are paradoxical, too. A snowflake or a small icicle is so delicate and fragile. Even a thin layer of ice floating on a lake is fragile. McCauley mentions how easy it is for a child to break the ice by simply hopping on it. On the other hand, ice is strong and dangerous. When I think of the strength of ice I think of avalanches, blizzards, and huge glaciers. It is amazing how one glacier was able to essentially sink an entire ship.

This picture shows how strong snow and ice can be. It is able to bend trees or completely take them down.

This picture shows how strong snow and ice can be. It is able to bend trees or completely take them down.

Notice how delicate the snowflake looks and how intricate its details are.

Notice how delicate the snowflake looks and how intricate its details are.

Ice is strong, yet delicate, and deathly, yet beautiful. It can sink ships and take down trees in a blizzard, or it can disappear the second the snowflake touches your finger tip. It can be seen as cruel and cold, or it can also bring about joy and beauty. I have never come into contact with something so paradoxical before. It makes me think about what else there is in this world that has a different connotation or quality that I have never considered. Maybe sunshine doesn’t always bring happiness, or maybe rainy days aren’t always so dreary. This world and its elements are complex; we just have to be aware enough to notice it.

 

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One Response to Opposite and The Same

  1. wcturgeon says:

    I too love the Narnia series and the Ice Queen ( a mythical queen who was surely the model for both C.S. Lewis and the movie Frozen. The frozen creatures in Narnia represent death, the opposite of a pulsing, breathing being.

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