Muller Bros: Moving And Storage By Stephen J. Gould

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In “Muller Bros. Moving & Storage” by Stephen J. Gould, he explains some of the memories that he is able to recall about his grandfather. However, he later realizes that he clearly did not recall every exact detail correctly as he once thought it had been. He states, “And the human mind is both the greatest marvel of nature and the most perverse of all tricksters,” (Gould 1). This relates to Hart’s point on chapter 14, in which he explains how it is important to know actual facts and to not to change information that may tamper with the story. Yet, sometimes it is really hard for the mind to analyze what actually occurred as to what one thinks happened. Gould remarks, “But certainty is also a great danger, given the notorious fallibility--and unrivaled power--of the human mind,” (Gould 1). Although Gould recognizes that his description of his memory is entirely wrong, he provides the example of how Elizabeth Loftus discovered that the mind is very powerful, but can at times fail to do its job properly. Therefore, in a way it was not entirely Gould’s fault for accidentally providing some falsify …show more content…

It only takes a little mistake to damage the quality of the overall story. Hart notes, “Too much reportage and we cross into scholarship or journalism. Too much imagination and we cross into fiction,” (Hart 223). Writing non-fiction is a challenge, yet a doable one. However, the author needs to make sure that the information that they are providing is concrete and even if they are unsure to not alter it. For example, Gould did a great job in addressing that even though he thought that he clearly remember the things he did with his grandfather, he was completely off. Gould could have easily lie and ended the story without even addressing that his memory did not clearly happened, yet he chose not to. His ethics, scenery and voice helped make his story great and relatable to the

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