Many songs in the entertainment industry today can relate to people’s lives, whether from personal experiences or thoughts. The line “No one knows what it’s like to be the bad man, to be the sad man, behind blue eyes” from The Who’s song “Behind Blue Eyes” is powerful and resonates with society. This line emphasizes that many individuals can be ignorant and close-minded, thinking that their struggles are unique to them.
The text suggests that individuals may encounter money problems and attempt to conceal them, unaware that their close friends might be facing similar difficulties. Likewise, when individuals undergo suffering, they often resort to blaming others. In society today, this is often the case. To illustrate this point, consider when my boyfriend ended our relationship. I was quick to direct my sadness and anger towards him, neglecting to reflect on any possible contribution I may have made to the breakup. My stubbornness prevented me from considering his perspective.
It is crucial for individuals to learn the art of forgiveness and moving forward, regardless of whether someone else caused a negative experience. This concept is evident not only in our society but also in Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein”. In the novel, Victor Frankenstein creates a creature that disappoints him due to its unfavorable appearance. Consequently, the creature encounters difficulties when attempting to assimilate or gain affection from others.
People were terrified when they saw the creature, causing him to hold Victor responsible for his creation. He also placed blame on others for judging him. While I agree that people should not judge others based on their appearance, the fact that the creature committed murder and created chaos only worsened his situation. I found it intriguing to draw a comparison between Victor and the creature using the lyrics: “No one knows what it’s like to be the bad man, to be the sad man, behind blue eyes.” Both of them were experiencing difficult times without even realizing it.
Victor’s obsession with stopping the creature was driving him insane, devoid of considering the creature’s emotions. The lyrics highlighting their lives resemble the situations faced by both Victor and the creature in Frankenstein. However, it is crucial to remember not to judge based on appearances and not to assume solitude as there might be others facing similar hardships.