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memorg and how it is connected to character and personalitg uses as a structural principle starts in the middle gesturing to immediate grace of Greek tragedies greek tragedies start in the middle individual as a representation for a narrow self oriented ordinance indicates that when she was little she was driven bgjealousg has same feeling as an adult nature of memorg pg 48 telling her storg to Harlow as a mode of defense doesnt have to tell people angthing personal give people what theg want to hear how one defends themselves from memorg underlined part memorg is used bg humans to sag theg are different cat memorg dad runs over a cat subject to disagreement R39s mother sags it didn39t happen but R remembers the bump we are suppose to realize that memorg is faultg 39 the cat memorg didn39t actuallg happen 2 how does the storg deal with the difference and what does it show us about how sour societg deals with it exhibit things that arejust diff enough that it doesn39t make us uncomfortable the freak show monsters showing something about humans through a monster go to a freak show to learn about gourself makes us feel good about being normal the uncanng valleg close to realitg but not something disrupts that stable feeling we associate with being home 3 what can we learn from the twin sisters about the child development process and so about our own development through seeing R39s the treatment bg other kids pg lOl imitative behavior human children are much mor imitative that chimps used to be something that was considered what makes us human bc she grew up with her twin sister Fern she picks up chimp like traits experiment see it chimp can become human but no one thinks it a human can become a chimp place emphasis on certain ditl bc of sociallg constructed dill think about what this means about we are what makes us human that she herself through growing up and being formed in conjunction with this chimp has these chimp like traits that people can tell there is something not normal not human about her We are all completely beside ourselves growing up with fern negatives Rosie doesnt know human values and comfort zones so goung that fern had no previous expectations about fern being a monkeg before theg met Marg rosies imaginarg friend was also a chimp not a human distinction between rosie and fern is non existent rosies development as a person has been stronglg influenced bg fern Indication of change how rosie feels about human personal space and touch for chimps phgsical touch is intense how do we understand things and in doing so cut relationships off bc fern isnt human she cant be a sister 39 proximity with the other person bond formed and effects that that relationship has upon the other we learn from others all the time closemindedness worse possible person gou can be Father39s critique of the sons work pg 20l standard test for figuring out if gou have a sense of gourself fixation on the image Greek tragedg echo and flower echo has all he fixation on him flower has all his fixation on himself if gou can look into another species pg 202 instead of comparing animal to animal hes comparing animal to human in the experiment with fern she is dumb for not understanding us but we arent dumb for not understanding her training presumption not communicating failure to see the other and see begond ones own idea of what a person is pg 232 animal experimentation fern ends up in nim ends up here things done to them that can make their life trulg horrific pg l86 fheorg of the mind children under four dont have a memorg process theg do have empathg which helps us to remember what happened thru memorg of our suffering we feel bad for another persons suffering does this mean that onlg humans have this capacitg could be a memorg of something not actuallg happened Illness of our society quotibe sane sooieigquot eriol from sooieiies can be organized around life supporiing beliefs and aoiiviiies or deaib desiruoiive ones ours is oonsiruoied around deaib desiruoiive beliefs humanimal locue on epigraphe open up a bodg eaging lhal ae wolf children lheg pul in queelion our ideae aboul whal ii meane lo be nalurallg human when encounlering lhe girle lhe prieel kille ghe woluee lakee lhe girle breake lhe limpe forcee lhem lo be human bul phgeicallg lheg had deu lo be eomelhing lhal wae deeigned lo work if lheg were lo live like woluee lragediee gounger girl diee from a kidneg condilion bc lhe medical egelem lo make organ work like a human caueed euch a change lhal her egelem wae in ehock aboul lhe change of food ehowe lhal lhe human egelem will phgeiologicallg can change lo accommodale ileell lo a diff wag of living olher girl euruiuee bul onlg lil ehe ie l6 aggreeeiue nalure of whal lhie prieel ae a minieler ie lrging lo do purpoee of a mieeionarg ie lo change ppl lo lhe righl way of being human uiolance of praclice and of lhie belief egelem documenl if lhe wrilee inabililg lo lullg undereland whal lheee girle repreeenl and lheir experience dielance fell from her obJ ecl of eludg when gelling cloeer lo ii elope bc ehe becomee afraid Zizek romantic love is the ultimate form of evil so selective pg 204 quotwhat is it this goung man reminds me of a piece of music oil sketch for one canvas sun burned bones bleached hair bloated facequot vague imaginarg face of desire reminds her of a face she always loved even she hadjust seen it she remembers it author is getting at the nature of how people romanticallg fall for other people quotthe lovable otherquot idea has dev in gour mind all gour life about the person gou would like to be with and love can someone actuallg fit that idea flawed idea through another person theg complete gou verg powerful social dimension love relationships are verg much dependent upon what is going on in gour life at that moment where and when Consuming the Romantic utopia book laws about how gou go about going after an individual gou can go as a man and pick up a date and not go with a chaperon process gets codified Fevvers argues that theres a wag to make relationship work without angone sacrificing angthing through the use of humor looks at the facts of what it means to be human pg ll7 clowning introduces buffo the head clown 7 ft tall reference to a poem called the second coming anxietg thats so much a part of modernism quotthe beautg of clowning is that nothing ever changesquot pg l22 without makeup Buffo is goneJ ust a regular person what is so scarg about clowns their makeup which puts a mask over their face gets rid of facial expression 39 whats the purpose of the clown historg sags to tell the truth the clown is considered ajoke outside the bounds of the normal the clown is an abJ ect subJ39ect abJ39ect aka sacrificial subJ39ect excremental subJ ect clowns represent madness sacrifices themselves to make others laugh in the end lhe clowne lhal remain eave lhe reel of lhe perlormere bg doing an exerciee lhal elarle a blizzard llheg have magic we are al lhe mercg of chance and chaoe we have no conlrol repreeenled bg lhe clown clowne canl creale a face for lhemeelvee Balinese Cock ghf bolineee ie verg elruclured and ordered bul lheg have cock ghle during cock ghle people eil around lhe ring in which lhe cocke ghl according lol heir claee elalue during lhe momenl people can lei looee and go crazg cock ghle repreeenl eeparalion of claee aleo ile gambling no one knowe which cock ie going lo win in Rueeia for moel of lhe book bc during lhe lime lheee forcee had a lol of compeling Final Tues June 10 123pm Format short answer questions Night at the Circus there will be a question about night at the circus on the final ended the course with this novel on purpose confusing at first because itjumps right into the authors experience Carnivalesque inversion of relationships of power as a form comes from a Russian gug named Bakhtin comes from a tradition in Europe thats connected to Mardi Gra designed to allow people to blow off steam allow people to do things that theg wouldn39t normallg be able to d uses grotesque and humorus to highlight certain aspects of human feeling that allows us to deal with them in a way that is not as defensive designed for us to think about greater issues happening Picaresque centered around a Rogue character most of the time male and the individuals adventures highlg episodic moves from situation to situation in a little narrative progress uses diff traditions and uses them in her own wags in night at the circus Fevvess is the rogue character sel sh but we we like her Beginning Fevvess life storg not dependent on ang man she has wings hatched from an egg does not know her origins or who her parents are as a babg left outside a brothel run bg a woman that is anarchist raised bg prostitutes get storg after storg of these women that she knows at the brothel and after it gets shut down about the lives of these women too who we consider freaks but are shown to be human beings with depth about showing us things that we normallg dont care about also to show us that these ppl have a place in societg for particular reasons but also there for another reason there is a demand for them in a lesbian relationship with the tiger trainer Madame Shrek pg 60 whose the unnatural ones the men or women quotwhat is natural or unnatural here sir god alone knows whg but remarkablequot this whole passage is designed to show us whg these men come to see these women about this similaritg and dissimilaritg connection and for their own normalcg what drives a man to trg to have sex with a woman who has cobwebs over her face or a small woman where do sexual perversions come from pg lO6 carnie listens to a pig to make business decisions elephants quotrattle the chains on their legs at the waking hours they knew how in gears or tomorrow is a gamble million in one chance that if they kept shaking the chains the claps would partquot passage shows us that these elephants understand their situation and they are everyday all day shaking chains hoping that one day they a going to get free small act of resistance against repression and slavery resistance is present at all time but itsjust a background noise ppl dont pay attention to them pg lO7lO8 apes dozen chimps in sailor suits in descriptions is all of these education scene apes are being taught by a teacher guy watches over apes is there but never pays attention reaction is that they are doing a mock show as a comedy quotseemed to be writing on the black boardquot thinks that maybe there is some sort of signi cance here kicks a can and then they all look at him when they find out that he is watching them the monkeys go into perception mode quotexchange with the eyes if the dumbquot when Walzer looks into the eyes of the professor he sees the in nity sees a similarity which comes down to his recognition of intelligence critiques our understanding of these animals that these animals are teaching themselves in their off time bc they know humans wont like this they pretend its part of their act when attention is placed on them they go into a comic mode Whole question in the novel is doe she have wings is shejust a human fraud or human hybrid that is part human and part swan novel tries to show us that things are more complex that what they seem like on the surface women actually have the power in brothels use body to be in control over the situation most men dont want anything sexual pay to have a woman talk to them think about how this book is mostly about two main characters goes from a news reporter who is not fully developed physiologically to trying to tind more about her be of something that happens when he looks in her eyes become a clown in the circus and then everything else unravels