While Eternal existence is a great promise of immortality the question as to whether people should lose themselves or not from the physical and ethical world in order to be immortal pose a great dilemma. Of course in order to be reincarnated in eternity people have to go away from the physical world but the departure has to be natural but the morals of the individuals and the lives of the living must now not be put in stake for the sake of one person who seeks eternity. The kind of life to come matters a great deal in comparison to the kind of existence being left in pursuit of eternity. Lie to Me is the third episode of Season one of the TV series Buffy the Vampire slayer, written and directed by Joss Whedon and was broadcast originally on 3, November 1997. The episode is a spectacular part always considered a pivotal episode of the entire Series. One of the pertinent issues that come to the limelight is the question of whether Eternal life is worth of loss of self. Before making any conclusions, it becomes critical first to try to establish what the episode wanted to accomplish starting with the title (Gellar 2, ep5-8).
The episode begins when a vampire called Drusilla approaches a little boy with the intention of attacking him on the playground. Luckily Angel intervenes and saves the kid then later he tries to convince Spike and Drusilla to leave the town of Sunnydale since a fight between them is inevitable. Buffy watches them from a distance, and her jealousy and curiosity are sparked. The next day Giles is teased by Ms. Calendar about the date she is planning but refuses to give details on. In class, while a discussion about Marie Antoinette is going on Buffy communicates to Willow through a note disclosing the Drusilla-Angel issue. Later on, in hallways, Xander attempts to join the conversation to no avail just as another guy sneaks on Buffy’s back and surprises her with news of being transferred from Hemery high to her school. Buffy introduces him to Xander and Willow as an old time friend. Later at the bronze to the profound irritation of Xander and the delight of Willow Ford jumps into embarrassing stories about Buffy. Ford is introduced to Angel by Buffy, but Angel doesn’t seem to like him. Later on while Ford and Buffy are alone, two vampires emerge where she stakes one leaving the other for Ford to kill. He pins it down and threatens to kill it unless he gets the information he is looking for. Ford spares it and lies to Buffy that he killed it and it turned into dust. Ford realizes that Buffy is a vampire slayer and she is relieved that he knows .This scene shows the difficulties that vampires have to go through ,any time they show up they are killed even though they live in eternity .The vampires are considered human enemies and are not allowed anywhere near humans (Whedon 2:7)).
Ford has information about Spike, and he wants a favor in return of goodwill from him. Ford strikes a deal of offering the vampire slayer if he will be made a vampire. Initially Angel had just realized that Ford is not a student at Sunnydale high and there isn’t much information concerning him on the internet (Whedon 2:7)).
As seen, there are several scenes of lies, betrayals, and secrets. The topic of lies helps to craft the main issue which is Eternity and Self-loss. People have lost themselves in a moral lie under the pretext of preserving some historical truth in order to defend their malicious stands. The revelation is about dealing with characters whose motives for doing morally ambiguous things remain complicated. Taking a good example, going by the fabulously shot conversation in the summer kitchen between Buffy and Angel where Angelus is forced by Buffy to reveal his past encounters with Drusilla, it becomes open that his past is so horrible. His game on an epic scale appears to have been psychological torture which adds to the delicious mystique that Drusilla finds herself in. He admits having sired Drusilla and torturing her into insanity by subjecting her to pain and cruelty by killing anyone she ever loved. Angel also reveals to Buffy that Ford had just got into a vampire cult and she doesn’t like the fact that they have been spying things on her back. This scene reveals the historical truths of Angel and the darkness that he hides within his past. Ford too turns out to conspire something which he keeps a secret. He joins a cultic group of vampires and his motives are still un known to this point. Coming back to the question as to whether eternity is worth self-loss, it becomes necessary to consider the role played by Ford. As seen in the episode Ford wants to be made to live forever because he has brain cancer and he will die in six months. He is ready to sacrifice his life with the promise of eternity. He wants to stay beautiful and die young; he is also willing to sacrifice his friends to ensure his gets what he wants. He reveals the motives for his actions which puts Buffy in a tricky position (Gellar 2, ep5-8).
Ford sacrifices his life to live like a vampire forever. He is willing to go through the hardships of vampire life as long as he will live for eternity .He would rather live to eat human flesh and drink human blood. He would rather live under the fear of being hunted all the time as a vampire and kill people to sire them by corrupting their personalities with evil and mayhem. Ford chooses to live a sad life as a vampire forever than a decent and a shorter life as a human being. He loses himself to the yoke of being a vampire because he wants to live for eternity. As per my opinion, I hold that Eternity is not worth of self-loss owing to the kind of life that one has to live in thereafter. Ford becomes a prisoner of negativity though he gets what he had been looking for. If eternity has to cause someone to live a worse life than ever before as justified in the episode then there is no guarantee that it is worth self loss.
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