An Analysis Of Oliver Sacks The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat

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The two excerpts from The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat by Oliver Sacks made me have many tangential thoughts about William, his thinking, and his identity. Who is he? Who does he think he is? Can he actively think? However, in the spirit of our class, I re-read the passage several times to understand what kinds of readings are taking place. In this passage I find three interesting types of reading. The first two are 1) Sacks’ reading of the audience’s reading of William and 2) the audience’s evolving reading of William. The third type of reading is Sacks’ perception of William. As we’re introduced to William, Sacks’ portrays William in an abrupt manner, using words such as “exploded,” “raved,” and “frenzied.” By his diction, I gathered
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