Response Paper: Georges Bataille
As a Catholic, it is true that I did not feel very fascinate as I read the book. However, interestingly, this story was very addictive as a normal reader. The general storyline is exciting; furthermore, it reflects the dark sexual desire and instinct of human being through the main character, Charles. It looks fictional, but it eventually infers a real human life.
As I read the story, I felt like I am reading a written pornography. However, an interesting point of this pornography is that it does not directly appeal readers with dynamic or sexual expressions to describe bodies. Each word description of scenes was more likely to astonish and shock readers with psychological imagination. The writer’s way to describe leads readers to deeper level of mental orgasm by leading to a prohibited sexual affair, which is an ultimate sin, between characters. Breaking morality possibly has two results to the human; the human either feels guilty or feels an absolute amusement. In the case of this book, the writer means to show the fact that physical satisfaction is not the only way to fulfill human’s sexual desire.
The literature also provided me to think about a true form of enjoyment and desire humans look for during their entire lives. I thought economic success is the most important for human desires because it fulfills many other desires at once: physical happiness, psychological arrogance by standing upon people, or satisfaction. However, this literature shows that nothing could be stronger than the real instinct of human: sexual satisfaction. Furthermore, what humans really desire in sexual ways is never be clean. It should hurt others or even require deeper darkness of morality. Is it really worthy to be satisfied then? This is the question right after I finished the story.
Bataille points our darker sides of human’s morality through his literature. from Blumenberg’s book, I felt that real true form of happiness is intentionally ignored and hidden from us. It could be true, but the reason was not clear to me. Through Bataille, I found the reason. The reason is that our morality that is formed by our surrounding society could be defending ourselves from the evil and dark sides of us instinctively. We, ourselves are not willing to be evil.