Eye of the beholder is an episode in the 1960 American film the twilight zone. The episode is about Janet Tyler a woman who has undergone a number of treatments in an attempt to look normal. But for the last ten attempts, the treatment has failed and she is taking the last recommended procedure to try and change her face so as to look normal. Her face is covered with bandages and when the doctor removes them, she learns that the procedure was not successful. She gets hurt and starts running across the hospital. But a handsome man arrives to take the disappointed Tyler into exile where she could not be troubled by her state. He convinces Tyler that she will find love in the ghetto and that beauty is in the eyes of the beholder (Goldsmith et al 40). This paper will bring out an argument of whether the phrase is true that beauty lies on the eyes of the beholder with respect to episode 42 of the Twilight zone series.
In our daily life’s, we encounter a number of things and sometimes we give them attention and sometimes we don’t bother even to look depending on our mindset. Sometimes we see beauty in this things using ways of knowledge for instance language, emotion and even the reasons behind its beauty. But everyone has his or her own way and standard of judging something or someone to be beautiful or ugly. Everyone sees in their own way and therefore there is more than one vision for everything we see and the judgment we make out of it.
In the episode, Tyler is seen and judged to be ugly by everyone in the current situation and she is hurt until she decides to try changing her looks for eleven times. She is seen to be ugly by everyone even the doctors and nurses in the hospitals until one handsome guy comes in to take her to an exile village where she will not be judged by her looks. He tells her that she will find love regardless of her looks. This is true since everyone sees everything in their own version. Whatever one person may term as beautiful may be the ugliest thing on another person’s eyes. For instance, the handsome guy who comes for Tyler in the hospital sees beauty in her and not ugliness as other people (Madke 409). He is convinced that she will find love and someone who sees beauty in her regardless of her physical facial looks.
Additionally, the doctor who performed the last procedure on her felt the same when he was removing the bandages that covered her face. She develops empathy for Tyler as she feels that people need to see the inner beauty other than the outer looks that may be deceiving (Goldsmith et al 40). She continues to say that everyone has a fault ranging from thick brows to swollen and twisted lips. Therefore no one should judge someone to be ugly since that same person may be a star in someone’s eyes.
Therefore the phrase “beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder” is true since from the episode we see how Tyler is seen to be ugly but the doctor and the guy who comes for her in the hospital sees otherwise. Beauty is dependent on reason and emotional set up of the person judging. Therefore everyone has his own emotions and reasons to term something or someone to be beautiful or ugly. This means that we should not be quick to judge people or things to be ugly as that same thing or person may be seen to be beautiful by someone else.
Goldsmith, Jerry, et al. “The Twilight Zone (1959 TV series).” The Leonard Nimoy Handbook-Everything you need to know about Leonard Nimoy (2012): 40.
Madke, Bhushan, Chitra Nayak, and Uday Khopkar. “Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder.” Indian Journal of Dermatology, Venereology, and Leprology 78.3 (2012): 409.