Vagueness. Lack of clarity in the work that the reader is unable to understand the intended message of that particular work. One should not confuse vagueness with ambiguity because ambiguity simply means there are more than one way of understanding the idea, which cannot be said of vagueness.

Actually, ambiguity opens a whole world of ways to interpret literary works. It lets the writer of that literature work to escape through the slightest of ways if in case his literary work is in the midst of controversies. This, unfortunately, has been the case in the recent times and hence, it becomes necessary to realize the actual potential and need to use this well-known and rather, well-utilized weapon of the writers. It may not be the best way to present someone’s idea as there is a strong possibility of misinterpretation of the actual core idea.

Usually, a writer would not indulge in ambiguity if he wants to strongly convince his readers. In such circumstances, the writer would generally spend time to remove or clarify all of his/her ambiguous thoughts and ideas. But, if the writer wants the readers to think creatively and out of the box or to fall out of the normal customs and traditions, ambiguity would easily qualify as the top choice as it is the easiest and the most effective literary feature to be executed to achieve the above-mentioned purpose.

So, if you don’t want to convey your meaning openly or are concerned about the reaction it might possibly result in, you can decorate your message with a  bit of ambiguity and hopefully, you can escape the feared trap. It is open to your creativity and imagination on why on earth am I talking about ambiguity but I have my own explanations to support my stance.

Many a times than not, when I am criticizing someone (usually a higher authority), I tend to use my rather ambiguous arguments (they aren’t really pre-determined) to good effect and luckily, escape from the grave danger of rather fearsome consequences for challenging the authority. One should understand the circumstances and should decide whether they should have to be ambiguous or not, because in this world, ambiguity is no longer frowned upon!

And, by the way, it is up to you to decide whether this post is vague or ambiguous!


Author: jokerdino

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One thought on “Ambiguity”

  1. I think ambiguity is the most powerful element in all art forms. Because ambiguity “opens a whole world of ways to interpret literary works” (as you put it) it allows the work of art to become a whole world in itself containing multiple characteristics and interpretations.

    I know your post focuses solely on ambiguity in literature, but I think it does us well to broaden this horizon over all forms of art. Ambiguity is what connects a mass audience to one piece of art. Each viewer, or reader, or listener brings a new and equally relevant analysis of such ambiguity.

    This ambiguity has then ultimately connected an audience, usually on an emotional level, as analysis comes from the depths of our feelings and what we believe in. To me, ambiguity becomes interconnectivity and is what makes art truly relevant and often transcendent.

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