Throughout Invisible Cities, Marco Polo is constantly describing city after city to Kublai Khan. In each of his cities descriptions he tends to describe the cities with a more positive connotation, but towards the end of his descriptions he began to bring out the negative aspects of that particular city. This contradiction shows the utopia verse dystopia aspect of Invisible Cities, reiterating that fact that every place you go you will have elements of both a utopia and a dystopia present. For example, in the city of Valdrada, Marco Polo describes the construction of the buildings on top of one another and the reflection of the city in the lake so that when you look at Valdrada you see two cities, one being its reflection. Everything seems nice and structured and pretty. Then he goes on and explains that every motion, gesture, action made in the above city is reflected in the below city. Every couple making love has their reflection in the city below and every murderer up above taking the life of his victim has that same image reflecting in the lake below. Polo takes a beautiful image of love and follows it with the hateful and ugly image of murder. He finished his description with, “the two Valdradas live for each other, their eyes interlocked; but there is no love between them.” Again, he begins the sentence with the positive attitude of living for each other, then immediately brings about that dystopia aspect of the absence of love.
In my own life, there are also these situations where the presence of both positive and negative images takes place. For example, the decision to attend Walsh comes to mind when I think about this contradiction of utopia verse dystopia. Attending Walsh has been a blessing and a curse for me. I have had so many amazing times thus far at Walsh, but it has also been scene to some of my toughest times in my own life. Being close to my family, having the small school atmosphere, Catholic university, tons of connections, great education, seems like a utopia, right? Of course, these are all blessings that I am deeply thankful for. However with every positive therein lies a negative. I have met some great friends at Walsh, but I have also met some people who have brought me down, put me down, and tried to keep me down through their hurtful words and actions. The endless rumors, the backstabbing of close friends and the dishonesty of boys had brought me to such emotional and hard times in my life socially. However, taking these situations and recognizing the difficulty and the suffering they have put me through has made me lean even more on my spiritual side and has made me turn to my family more for the social aspect of my life. Through the bad, good prevails. I have become such a strong, faith-filled individual who has the most amazing family in the world, and I am proud to say that my best friends consist of my siblings and my cousins. I am proud of the fact that I am so close to God and to my family, because without them, my attitude toward Walsh and toward many people who I have become acquainted with through Walsh would have a more negative connotation with it. Rather, I am grateful I have been blessed with such a university that has brought so close with my faith and has enlightened me with the knowledge of the significance of family. Walsh has been one of the biggest blessings in my life, through its imperfections and flaws I have triumphed.