A low, buoyant sun was setting over the horizon as a fairly normal round of golf got underway. Normal, that is to say, to the players themselves, for any other normal person would have found it quite odd for these two players to be partaking in such a benign game. The simplicity of the game hid the scene's true beauty. For despite their differences, even these two could come together on the green.
However there was something quite odd about this scene.
A smile hid the bat-winged fellow's malice as he swung his driver while a dazed grin spread across the old gent's face as the knife found itself lodged in his skull.
---Picture taken from Holy Bibble Archives: www.holybibble.net
After reading Saussure’s “Course in General Linguistics”, my word picture’s depiction of a demonic/devilish figure killing God can come under some interesting sociological critique. First off, if we take a look at the image itself we will find certain signifiant that bring about specific connotations on good and evil. Seeing that the individual swinging the driver is brown, horned, and winged brings to mind a Judeo-Christian idea of what is evil. While we can assume that this individual is demonic or worse yet, is Satan, it is really only so because, as Saussure describes, it is society that says the devil is evil.
To further convey this ideology, the text itself uses signifie to cement this in the mind of the reader: “A smile hid the bat-winged fellow's malice as he swung his driver while a dazed grin spread across the old gent's face as the knife found itself lodged in his skull.” Here, the word “malice” is what brings about the idea of a sinister motive for the horned individual’s actions. The following description of a knife being lodged in the skill of an old man strengthens this perception of evil as it follows the technique of “the signifier [being] unfolded solely in time” (63). Interestingly enough, the word picture could remain the same but if as a society we decided that anything demonic were good, we could perceive the horned individual as a hero for murdering the other character.
Looking at the other character, it is not explicitly said who he is but within the context of the image’s source, he is God. Keeping that and the concepts of good and evil that the word picture portrays, we can extend this argument by asking why is the Devil evil and God good? If society was not dominated by a Judeo-Christian ideology and perhaps instead a satanic one, then Satan would be good and God evil.
Understanding this then calls into question how any individual can accept what our language and society claim the world to be. Everything then is marked by subjectivity and thus, not capable of having any sort of truth to it whatsoever.